JLT Imagineers compete in WWII Museum annual Robotics Challenge

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Seven members of the JLT Imagineers sponsored by Bricks4Kidz of Greater Baton Rouge placed 3rd in the annual World War II Museum’s robotics challenge held May 13th in New Orleans.  Team Members included Vincent Geter, Rayden Jackson, Phillip Jackson, JP Caswell, Parker Wright, Matt Olinde, and Teddy Orgeron.  Each participated in the Robotics afterschool program held at Bricks4Kidz in south Baton Rouge learning skills such as computer programming, engineering, time management and team building. The team was coached by Corey Orgeron of Prairieville. These students will take the STEM skills learned through this experience back to their classrooms furthering their science and mathematics education. The team overcame extreme adversity. Their robot crashed and all programs were deleted 15 minutes before they were to compete.

The National WWII Museum Robotics Challenge is an exciting opportunity for 4th through 8th grade students to develop 21st century skills and participate in active problem solving all based on real-life scenarios from WWII. Focused on the enduring themes of innovation, teamwork, community, and cooperation, the robotics program at The National WWII Museum provides a springtime competition opportunity for both established teams and newcomers to the field of student robotics. The theme of the 2017 Challenge was Monuments Men. This year’s challenge celebrates the dedication, creativity, and courage of those who worked to protect Europe’s cultural heritage during WWII. Allied forces and citizens across Europe worked before, during, and after invasions to identify, protect, and restore vital buildings, artworks, and other cultural artifacts. Teams programmed robots to identify, protect and restore cultural artifacts and landmarks.

Bricks4Kidz will hold several robotics camps this summer at their newly renovated activity center in Baton Rouge near Albertson’s shopping center on Highland Rd. Visit the website, www.bricks4kidz.com/greaterbatonrouge for schedule and registration.

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