Camp Invention, the nation’s premier summer enrichment day camp program that is supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), was held at GCMS June 15-19.
The week-long day camp for students entering grades one through six fosters innovation and creativity while also building self-esteem, teamwork, persistence, and goal-setting skills. Camp Invention not only encourages inventive young minds through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in a fun and creative atmosphere, it also incorporates outdoor activities as part of its curriculum.
Camp Invention students experience winning, success, and victory, along with an adrenaline rush that comes with competition among students and successful completion of challenging projects.
Camp Invention provides a great opportunity for inventive young minds to exercise their creativity and use their imagination in ways they don’t normally get to—through real-world, problem-solving challenges, they build things, take things apart, explore different types of technology, and so much more. Many times, the students are having so much fun they don’t even realize they are learning and developing new skills.
This year’s Camp Invention curriculum was themed “Illuminate” and was inspired by some of our nation’s most brilliant minds, including experienced educators, inductees of the NIHF, and members of the USPTO. Illuminate encouraged children to explore their inventiveness in the Design Studio by investigating circuits and taking on a nature-inspired design challenge. As they dreamt, built and made discoveries, children had a chance to build a prototype from scratch and explore math from a new angle to create origami flight models during team-building exercises.