NORTH CANTON, Ohio – December 7, 2017 – A major gift arranged by National Inventors Hall of Fame® 2011 Inductee Eric R. Fossum will fund scholarships for underserved students in his home state of New Hampshire to attend Camp Invention®.

Fossum is one of four winners this year of The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering — a global £1 million prize that celebrates groundbreaking innovations in engineering that have had a major impact on humanity. He and three other scientists were awarded the 2017 prize for their work in digital imaging sensors over the past nearly 50 years. Fossum led a team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory that created a miniaturized camera technology known as the CMOS Active Pixel Sensor Camera-on-a-Chip. Today, CMOS sensors are a fixture in digital imaging — from webcams to swallowable pill cameras. Fossum has arranged that his share of the prize be donated to Camp Invention.

A resident of Wolfeboro, N.H., Fossum is a professor of engineering and director of the Ph.D. Innovation Program at Dartmouth College. He has received 161 U.S. patents. He and his wife Susan Fossum have helped to create several new Camp Invention sites in New Hampshire the past few years.

Making the decision to arrange the monetary award to Camp Invention was an easy one, Fossum explained.

“We want to give back and help Camp Invention to promote the process of learning and creation in these children,” he said. “When you visit the camps, you immediately notice the collaborative, hands-on environment that Camp Invention provides. As an inventor, I see the importance of encouraging that youthful curiosity and interaction. This gift will help do that!”

Camp Invention, the nation’s premier summer enrichment program for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade, is a program of the nonprofit National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF). Founded in 1973 in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), NIHF’s education programs provide a unique experience for children to learn about the importance of intellectual property while they explore, create and design. Using hands-on activities, Camp Invention promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning; builds resourcefulness and problem-solving skills; and encourages entrepreneurship — in a fun and engaging environment.

“The National Inventors Hall of Fame is the Hall of Fame that looks forward, invests forward, and pays it forward,” said NIHF CEO Michael Oister. “We honor and immortalize pioneers of technology, icons of industry, and the purveyors of our quality of life. In spite of their super-human accomplishments, they are a humble group of individuals committed to inspiring and assisting the next generation of innovators and creative problem-solvers.

“Eric R. Fossum, a brilliant engineer who changed the way we capture images, epitomizes our Inductees’ passion for the future,” he added. “His legacy is the mark he is leaving on children through his time, his energy and his resources — and we are extremely thankful for his partnership.”

About Camp Invention
Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. Through hands-on programming, Camp Invention encourages children entering kindergarten through sixth grade to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum inspired by some of the world’s greatest inventors. Camp Invention is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. This nationwide, nonprofit organization is committed to the curious minds and innovative spirits of the past, present and future. Since 1990, our education programs have served more than 1.25 million children, and 125,000 teachers and Leadership Interns. For more information, visit