As students converged on the campus of Sunset Avenue Elementary last week, they were invited into a week-long summer adventure that explored the connections between science, technology, engineering, and innovation while sharpening their 21st century learning skills.
Clinton City Schools hosted Camp Invention, which allowed students to experience real-world problem solving, creative thinking, invention, and teamwork while rotating through several fascinating modules inspired by the inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Erin Rady, director of the Launch program, said 42 students were engaged and excited about the opportunities afforded them during the camp.
“It’s has been an exciting, four-day summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation,” Rady said. “Children have worked together to seek solutions to real-world problems, and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through modules.”
Since 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary. This nationally-acclaimed program will be offered to children entering grades K-6th.
During the four-day camp, the innovators spent their time engaging creative thinking to design and build their own duct tape creations, experiencing the power of rocket science by building and launching rubber band rockets, exploring aerodynamics to blast water rockets made from plastic bottles more than 50 feet in the air and taking apart nonworking machines and devices to investigate their inner operations.
“All activities have given participants the opportunity to explore, discover and achieve while having fun,” Rady shared. “Local educators facilitated program modules and enthusiastic high school students served as leadership interns ensuring that one program team member was in place for every eight children.”
During the week at camp, Rady said students rotated through a schedule that included four modules each day and incorporated a variety of hands-on activities ranging from creating an invention from a discarded household appliance to brainstorming their way home from a strange planet. Camp Invention curricula focus on the development of creative, inventive thinking skills. At Camp Invention, there is no right or wrong answer. According to Rady, many of the projects focus on process and children learn through trial and error.
All activities give participants the opportunity to explore, discover and achieve while having fun. Local educators will facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high school students will serve as leadership interns ensuring that one program team member is in place for every eight children.
Interning at the camp were Britt Thornton, Savanna Mathis, Mattie Byrd and Ella Faison. Interns earned 40 service hours and completed an online leadership course through the Untied States Patent and Trademark Office.
Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so call 1-800-968-4332 to secure a spot. Registration begins on Wednesday, April 5.
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