Friday, May 20, 2016

TOP STORY >> Day camp for sciences

Camp Invention, a summer enrichment day-camp program, is coming to Magness Creek Elementary the week of July 11-15.

For students entering grades one through six, Camp Invention is a week long adventure with hands-on problem solving, using science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“We are thrilled to offer Camp Invention to our students for the fifth year,” said Mary Beth Trammell, gifted and talented specialist at Magness Creek. “The hands-on curriculum helps to further insert curiosity into a child’s everyday lifestyle. As the need for skilled STEM professionals increases, we believe we are setting our students up for success by offering programs like Camp Invention.”

The camp is supported by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Camp Invention provides an opportunity for students to exercise their creativity and use their imagination in ways they don’t normally get to in the classroom. Program participants do not realize they are learning and developing new skills as they build prototypes, take things apart, explore different types of technology and so much more.

This year’s Camp Invention curriculum is called Epic, inspired by educators, inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and developed in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Epic features hands-on modules like CrickoBot, where campers construct and personalize a do-it-yourself solar-powered cricket and a unique habitat; Epic Park, where campers work in teams to design an eco-adventure park; I Can Invent: Maker Studio, where campers brainstorm product ideas and build original prototypes using real tools and components found in everyday devices; and the Lab: Where Pigs Fly, where kids can discover the science of slime, demolition, electronic sound, giant squid and coding.

Local programs are facilitated and taught by educators who live and teach in the community. Camp Invention serves more than 94,000 students every year through nearly 1,400 camps across the nation.

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