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  • Robot in Sailor Hat
  • Legos
  • Robot in Army Helmet
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Why Robotics?

The WWII Robotics Challenge does not find its inspiration directly in WWII-era robotics, a field in its infancy at the time. Rather, the Museum spotlights WWII as a period when cutting-edge inventions and innovations were central to a winning war effort. Robotics serves as a platform for young people to capture the American spirit and to develop character exemplified by the Greatest Generation, overcoming adversity through leadership, teamwork, creativity, problem-solving, and innovation—while using relevant 21st century skills.

Participation in cross-curricular activities, where students apply content area knowledge and skills in a different context, enhances student engagement and motivation for learning. Using wartime technology advances as a historical reference point, the WWII Robotics Challenge will inspire students to explore opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math.

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Do my 4th grade students qualify for the Robotics Challenge?

Absolutely! Any current 4th through 8th grade student can participate in the Robotics Challenge.

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Can I register one child or do you need a team of 10 people?

The Challenge is designed for a team of students. In order to program and work with the robot on the playing field successfully, at least two students working together are required.

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I have more than 10 students on my team. Can I have alternates?

All students are active participants in the Challenge and the maximum team size is 10 students. In order to offer an opportunity to the greatest number of schools and groups, only 1 team is allowed per school or group. Consider allowing all interested students participate in the planning and design stages and choose your most engaged and committed students to attend the Challenge.

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Can other groups, such as scout troops or home school students enter the competition?

Yes! Teams that are not affiliated with a traditional school, like boy and girl scout troops and home school groups are welcome to participate in the Challenge.

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Additional Resources

While these organizations are not affiliated with The National WWII Museum Robotics Challenge, you might find useful information for building and programming your robot.

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Contact Us

Do you have any additional questions about The National WWII Museum Robotics Challenge? Contact:

Rob Wallace, STEM Education Coordinator
(504) 528-1944 ext 315


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Student Travel – WWII Educational Tours
High school and college students, learn the leadership principles that helped win WWII on a trip to France or during a weeklong residential program in New Orleans. College credit is available, and space is limited.

See You Next Year! HS Yearbooks from WWII
Collected from across the United States, the words and pictures of these yearbooks present a new opportunity to experience the many challenges, setbacks and triumphs of the war through the eyes of America’s youth.

The Victory Gardens of WWII
Visit the Classroom Victory Garden Project website to learn about food production during WWII, find lesson plans and activities for elementary students, get tips for starting your own garden and try out simple Victory Garden recipes!

The Science and Technology of WWII
Visit our new interactive website to learn about wartime technical and scientific advances that forever changed our world. Incorporates STEM principles to use in the classroom.

Kids Corner: Fun and Games!
Make your own propaganda posters, test your memory, solve puzzles and more! Learn about World War II and have fun at the same time.

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