Monday, August 29, 2016

Back to School Doesn’t Have to Mean Back to the Classroom

It’s time to think outside the box classroom. Imagine exploring a campus that measures over three football fields long and took 175 tons of blueprint paper to design. The Battleship Missouri Memorial’s Education team offers a new and exciting way of learning through a variety of educational programs for students, teachers and parents to explore the world’s last battleship.

Our most popular ‘course’ is the Mighty Mo Robotics program which focuses on S.T.E.M curriculum. Educators can provide their students the opportunity to participate in robotics learning with a Navy twist. Students navigate through exciting missions using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Robotics set. They are given tasks that require the application of math and science to problem solve and complete their journey. From fending off pirates to saving the sea life, the missions of these courageous students keep them on their toes from beginning to end. Students and teachers will leave our Mighty Mo campus feeling inspired. 

This year we entered two teams in the Underwater Robotics Challenge called SeaPerch for the first time.  Both teams did very well, but one took first place overall (beating out both middle and high schools) at the regional challenge.  This qualified us for the National Challenge at LSU in Baton Rouge LA.  Here they placed 18th overall.  Your robotics program has opened doors for us!  Thanks!!!

-Carrie Laforteza (Ewa Elementary School)

Over 300 students participated in the Mighty Mo Robotics program this year. The Battleship Missouri welcomed the following schools and organizations:

Aiea Elementary, Oahu
Honaunau Elementary, Hawaii
Ewa Beach Elementary, Oahu
Hau’ula Elementary, Oahu
Hawaii Tech Academy, Oahu
Girl Scout Troop 360, Oahu
Hickam and Catlin School Age Programs, Oahu

To learn more about our Education program and team, we will be holding a free teacher workshop designed for both public and private school educators. The workshop will focus on how the Battleship Missouri Memorial can educate and engage the younger generation about warfare and most importantly, World War II as this year marks the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and honors 71 years of peace since the ending of the war. 

Guest speakers include Mr. Daniel Martinez, Chief Historian at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Dr. Mitch Yamasaki, Professor of Historical and Political Studies at Chaminade University and Dr. Frank Bailey, Assistant Professor of Historical and Political Studies at Chaminade University.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, October 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Education Department Classroom at the Battleship Missouri Memorial and is limited to 30 guests. To register, please email David Suhs at or call at 455-1600 x250. The deadline to RSVP is Friday, September 30. 

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