Camp Invention kicks off summer by inspiring young minds

Camp Invention, a national educational program recognized for fostering innovative-thinking, real-world problem solving, and the spirit of invention, is coming to Evergreen Elementary School the week of July 7-11 and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Education Center the week of July 28-Aug. 1. The weeklong day camp experience for students entering grades 1-6 encourages inventive young minds through hands-on problem solving, using science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a fun and creative atmosphere.

“We are thrilled to be offering Camp Invention to more children this year interested in these focus areas”, said Barbara Myer, Camp Invention Director at Allen ISD and District Advanced Academics/Gifted and Talented Coordinator. “Selecting a camp is an important decision for parents and our goal is to provide children with a curriculum that allows them to fully express their inventive young minds by exploring different types of technology, through real-world problem solving challenges, building things and taking them apart, while still having fun and developing new skills. Every year I am impressed by not only the level of thinking and time that goes into the curriculum, but also by the level of fun and excitement that I see on my students’ faces.”

Camp Invention was founded by Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Programming is developed through partnerships with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and inspired by Inductees of the Hall of Fame and finalists of the Collegiate Inventors Competition. Camp Invention’s new curriculum for 2014 called “Morphed!” immerses students in hands-on activities, such as building original prototypes, creating a personalized motor-powered vehicle and disassembling electronics to build an insect-themed pinball machine. Local programs are facilitated and taught by educators who reside and teach in those communities.

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“Camp Invention is proud to inspire and challenge our next generation of innovators through this nationally acclaimed educational program,” said Michael Oister, CEO of Invent Now, the organization responsible for organizing more than 1,200 Camp Invention day camps throughout the U.S. serving 80,000 students every year. “During the past 20 years, we have helped to ignite a passion for creativity and invention in more than 900,000 children while leaving them with great camp memories and lifelong friendships.”

For additional information, or to find the nearest location for registration, visit www.campinvention.org.