Youth Programs

The National Museum of the Pacific War introduces youth to the values, innovations and experiences through youth programs such as Summer Camps, Robotics and more. The museum is committed to providing innovative approaches to engaging young people in order to inspire them to learn more about the Pacific War and history.

Virtual Game Design Summer Camp 2021

This year the National Museum of the Pacific War (NMPW) has teamed up with the Institute of Museum and Library Services' special initiative, "Games for Change". NMPW was one of 40 museums, and the only one in Texas, selected by competition to pilot this innovative approach to enable teens across the US to apply their comfort of using games to explore the rich recourses of the nation's museums.

This summer, teen-led block programming will be taught to middle school students here in Hill Country through a variety of free publicly available software. At the conclusion of the camp, individuals and teams will submit their final game designed to the national committee and the winners will receive $1,000 towards school costs. Other prizes will be awarded for different places.

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3rd Annual Robotic Competition

With a growing emphasis on Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) the National Museum of the Pacific War and the Gillespie County 4 H robotic club are partnering to hold the third annual robotic competition on Saturday May 1st from 9:00-12:00 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office for Gillespie County (95 Frederick Rd, Fredericksburg). The students will be using Lego Mindstorm EV3 robotic kits and programing them to carry out certain missions as they Island Hop across the Pacific.

The competition mat is designed to look like a number of islands where key battles took place during WWII in the Pacific. Before the contest the students will conduct research about these battles, talk with veterans and visit with the museums education department. This will allow those participating to learn about WWII history and what resources the museum offers.

During the competition, teams will attempt a number of task using their robots. Some of the task include clearing the jungle in order to build an air strip, delivering Atomic Bomb components and knocking out enemy bunkers. The islands that the landings will take place on are Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and Tinian.

This contest is designed to encourage students to look into the advances of technology that took place during WWII and those of today and to have fun! For more information, please email us at: education@nimitzfoundation.org