Future Inventors Spend a Week at the RPSEC

This summer 89 local students spent a week at the RPSEC at the 3rd Annual Camp Invention. The program is designed to inspire creativity and inventive-thinking through loads of hands-on activities and F-U-N! Children participated in five inventive modules each day, which included: disassembling old machinery and using parts to make their own inventions in I Can Invent/Take Apart™; collecting marine samples in the deep sea and building boats in Sea Worthy™; letting their imagination soar when they designed their own carnival games in Fair Games™; constructing a device to find a special note that led to buried treasure on the faraway island in The Lost Treasure™; and inventing the rules in mind-boggling AMAZing Games™. The Camp Invention program integrates science, mathematics, history, and the arts in an exciting environment conducive to learning disguised as fun!

Camp Invention is a national summer day camp that encourages children to develop their innate creative abilities. It is designed for children entering first through sixth grades. New curriculum modules are introduced each year.
Camp Invention is a joint project of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Camp Invention was started in 1990 by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, a nationally recognized, non-profit resource 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 again this summer,” says John Hutchens. “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 2007. Keep an eye out for more information.

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