Since 2012, The National WWII Museum has incorporated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) into its K-12 curriculum. The Museum has engaged students and teachers through innovative educational programs that target history and STEM topics together. The Museum offers cross-curricular learning opportunities that demonstrate, through historical examples, the real world applications of scientific discoveries and their lasting impact. Serving as a model for any institution seeking to advance scientific learning in informal learning environments, the Museum’s STEM programs use tactile experiments to demonstrate real wartime challenges and technological solutions, teach contemporary relevance, and improve 21st century skills.
Real World Science
Real World Science is a weeklong summer seminar for middle school math and science teachers that explores key STEM concepts using real-world WWII examples.
WWII Robotics Challenge
The annual WWII Robotics Challenge tests the creativity, teamwork and critical thinking skills of hundreds of middle school participants from the Greater New Orleans region and the Gulf Coast. The Challenge is divided into two components: a tabletop robot competition and a humanities-based team project.
STEM Field Trips
STEM Field Trips are specially designed for science and math students. Through hands-on explorations and design challenges, students learn how scientists and engineers used core concepts, creativity, and persistence to overcome big challenges.
Innovation Studios are Saturday family workshops aimed at encouraging families to engage and work together in STEM-based activities. Each hands-on workshop has a set of four activities in which families rotate through as they wish.