Summer break = Camp Invention!
Loveland students spent the week of June 16 sharpening science skills at Camp Invention, the nation’s premier summer enrichment day camp program. The program is supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), and served as a weeklong day camp experience for students entering grades one through six. Inventive young minds experienced 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 students in our community and helping to inspire the next generation of inventors,” said Steve Federman, Loveland Intermediate School science teacher and school camp director. “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.”
Camp Invention was founded by Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Programming is inspired by some of the world’s most well known inventors and is developed through partnerships with the USPTO and the Collegiate Inventors Competition. Camp Invention’s new curriculum for 2014 called “Morphed!” immersed 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.
“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.”