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Camp Invention to help inspire future innovators

Springville Elementary School is bringing a nationally-recognized summer enrichment program to its school, to keep kids learning over the summer, while enjoying their break.

Camp Invention, open to students from kindergarten through sixth grade, is a week long camp that aims to foster creativity, innovation and problem solving skills. With hands on activities in science, technology, engineering and math, the camp encourages entrepreneurship while enhancing resourcefulness.

With a theme this year of “Fast Forward,” the camp will be running July 9-13 and will include a number of different STEM based activities each day.

Hands-on activities include Optibot, where kids will make their own self-driving bot that senses changes in light to help kids explore the technology behind transportation; Robotic Pet Vet, where campers will help nurse a robotic puppy back to health while also designing and building dog parks; Mod My Mini Mansion, in which kids design their own futuristic smart homes and Stick To It, where campers invent something new every day and help craft solutions to real-world challenges by building prototypes.

“It provides the unique experience for children to learn about the importance of inventing and intellectual property,” Camp Invention representative Ken Torisky said. “Camp focuses on the development of creative, inventive thinking skills and at Camp Invention, there is no right or wrong answer … it really focuses on the process.”

Started in 1990, Camp Invention is a program created by the National Inventors Hall of Fame and this summer, is planning on hosting over 155,000 kids in 1,700 locations across the country. Since its creation, reception from both the kids and the instructors has been very positive and Torisky hopes kids continue to build their love of STEM.

“One thing we hear from the kids frequently is that it doesn’t seem like something they would study in school,” Torisky said. “It has school subjects, but it is really fun so they don’t clock watch and they actually don’t want to leave at the end of the day or end of the week.”

Serving more than 1.3 million children since its inception, Torisky and the National Inventors Hall of Fame hope kids continue to want to learn more about STEM and be able to use the skills learned both now and later in life as they get older.

“We hope that they become very excited about the STEM discipline right now as elementary  school students and also use their love of STEM perhaps as a career,” he said.

For more information or to sign up for Camp Invention, visit campinvention.org.

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