NEW ORLEANS – The National WWII Museum is proud to announce the 2019 Robotics Challenge presented by Chevron. This year’s theme is D-Day 75th Anniversary – Back the Robot Attack. The seventh annual Robotics Challenge will take place on Saturday, May 11 at 8 a.m. in the Museum’s US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center. New this year will be a STEM signing day, where area-graduating high school students who are entering STEM majors will be recognized.
“Supporting the Robotics Challenge is part of Chevron’s ongoing commitment to promoting science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, along the Gulf Coast,” said Leah Brown, Public Affairs Manager for Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico Business Unit. “We are proud to be part of a program that fosters a passion for both robotics and history, while also encouraging innovation and teamwork. We’re looking forward to an exciting competition.”
The National WWII Museum’s Robotics Challenge is an exciting opportunity for 4th through 8th grade students to participate in active problem solving based on real-life scenarios from World War II. The competition will give more than 60 teams from Gulf Coast area schools an opportunity to hone their skills in design, computer programming, teamwork, critical thinking and research. The 2019 challenge hosted four regional qualifying tournaments in Lafayette, Baton Rouge, New Orleans and the Northshore before extending invitations to the finals.
“The Robotics Challenge brings teams of students together to show off their hard work and spark students’ passions for STEM learning and problem solving,” said Rob Wallace, STEM Education Coordinator at The National WWII Museum. “This year’s challenge models the D-Day invasion of Normandy, in honor of the upcoming 75th anniversary in June. Analyzing the methods and strategies used to solve problems of the past is a great way to get young people interested in STEM careers.”
Volunteers from Chevron will be on-site to counsel students and provide expertise.
The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today—so that future generations will know the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn. Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as America’s National WWII Museum, it celebrates the American spirit, the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifices of the men and women who fought on the battlefront and served on the Home Front. The 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards ranks the Museum No. 3 in the nation and No. 8 in the world. For more information, call 877-813-3329 or 504-528-1944 or visit nationalww2museum.org.