Learning with innovation


City school board approves summer camp

By Kristy D. Carter - kcarter@clintonnc.com



Camp Invention director Erin Rady helps a camper at last year’s camp.


Students who were part of the Camp Invention last year work on a science project.


Local students will once again have the opportunity to experience real-world problem solving, creative thinking, invention, and teamwork while rotating through modules as part of a week-long summer camp.

The Clinton City Board of Education has approved hosting and partially funding Camp Invention, a summer camp that give students an opportunity to explore the connections between science, technology, engineering, and innovation while sharpening their 21st century learning skills.

According to Erin Rady, director of the program, the four-day summer program is offered to students entering grades K-6. Students engage in hands-on activities that promote engagement with STEM through both invention and entrepreneurship. Over the course of a day, students transition through four learning modules including Mod My Mansion, Robotic Pet Vet, Opitbot and Stick to It.

“It’s an exciting, four-day summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation,” Rady said. “Children will work together to seek solutions to real-world problems, and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules.”

During last years camp, 42 students were given the opportunity to participate in the program. Participants are guided by educators from Clinton City Schools and camp counselors. The curriculum used, Rady explained, aligns with state and national standards and was developed by educators.

The local board not only approved the camp being hosted through Clinton City Schools, but helping fund tuition costs for 35 city students.

The program has a $225 base rate per child. While discounts do apply to district employees and camp alumni, Clinton City Schools has partnered with Camp Invention as a host site and will contribute $125 per student, up to 35 students.

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.

The camp is scheduled to be held June 25-28 and Rady will be serving as director of the Launch program.

Young innovators will be spending their time:

• designing tracks for their bots to follow while exploring modes of transportation;

• using tools to take apart robotic dogs and compare their inner mechanics to the anatomy and physiology of a real dog;

• making their own take-home mini mansion;

• making their own dancing dinosaur using a mechanical gear box in the “Dance to Your Own Beat” challenge.

“All activities will give participants the opportunity to explore, discover and achieve while having fun,” Rady shared. “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.”

Camp Invention director Erin Rady helps a camper at last year’s camp.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_Camp1-3-.jpgCamp Invention director Erin Rady helps a camper at last year’s camp.

Students who were part of the Camp Invention last year work on a science project.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_Camp2-3-.jpgStudents who were part of the Camp Invention last year work on a science project.
City school board approves summer camp

By Kristy D. Carter

kcarter@clintonnc.com

Reach Kristy D. Carter at 910-592-8137, ext. 2588. Follow us on Twitter at @SampsonInd. Like us on Facebook.

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