Fort Innovate is a free, traveling innovation lab from USAA designed to help inspire the next generation of big thinkers. The museum is housed in a trailer that will make nine stops in cities across the country this summer.
USAA is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, remembering its 1922 founding by soldiers who couldn't get car insurance because military veterans were considered a high-risk group.
The Fort Innovate exhibits are designed to showcase 100 years of military innovations through hands-on exhibits. Visitors will learn about five key military innovations from the past 100 years such as night vision, virtual reality and drones that have had a profound impact on society.
Visitors will also see materials outlining changes to USAA financial and business services during the last century.
Miranda Cosgrove, star of "iCarly," is working with USAA to promote Fort Innovate. "Innovative thinking provides the opportunity to reference personal experiences to create solutions for problems," said Cosgrove in a news release. "Whether it's in STEM or the military, big ideas can come from anyone and anywhere. USAA's Fort Innovate will provide kids with a fun, educational experience that showcases this and inspires their creativity."
USAA is also launching the USAA Innovation Sweepstakes to provide participants with the opportunity to win a trip for four to Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and $50,000. Visitors to Fort Innovate can register onsite, and those unable to make it in person can register at usaa.com/fortinnovate.
Here are the eight remaining dates on the full Fort Innovate tour schedule:
- June 17-19: The DoSeum, San Antonio
- June 24-26: Glazer Children's Museum, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa, Florida
- July 4: Fort Bragg July 4th Celebration
- July 8-10: Discovery Place Nature Center, Charlotte, N.C.
- July 15-17: St. Louis Science Center
- July 22-24: Navy Pier, Chicago
- July 29-31: Intrepid Museum, New York City
- Aug. 3-4: Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia
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