Bugs, Mysteries, and Movies Highlight Camp Invention


This summer 89 local students spent a week learning about bugs, desgning a movie set, and becoming detectives who investigated som of life's biggest challenges when Camp Invention returned to Aiken for a second year. Camp Invention took place July 18-22 at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center on the capus of USC A iken.

Camp Invention is a national summer day camp that encourages children to develop their iinnate creative abilities It is designed for children entering second through sixth grades. New curriculum modules are introduced each year.

Throughout each day children participaed in interacive hands-on activities that encouraged creativity an dinventive solutions. Camp Invention is a joint project of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the U.S. Patent and Trademart Office. Camp Invention was started in 1990 by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, a nationally recognized, non-profit resoure center for creativity in Akron, Ohio.

John Hutchens, of the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, directed a staff of local teachers and counselors. The camp features a low staff/camper ratio, with one staff member for every eight campers.

"We were very excited to be able to provide Camp Invention as a local activity this summer, " says John Hutcchens, "The staff and I had a wonderful week working with the children as they enjoyed the exploration and many creative exercises that each Camp Invention module offered." Plans are already under way for Camp Invention 2006. Keep an eye out for more information.