9-YEAR-OLD INNOVATOR SELECTED AS 2017 ‘MIGHTY MINDS’ CONTEST WINNER

Georgia Student Will Attend National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction

NORTH CANTON, Ohio – April 25, 2017  Mya Sewell of Grayson, Ga., a fourth-grader at Craig Elementary School, has been named the winner of the 2017 Camp Invention® Mighty Minds Contest.

Mya was chosen the Mighty Minds winner during a nationwide search for a Camp Invention “Super Alumni Camper.” To enter, Campers were asked to create a video explaining what they learned at Camp Invention and how National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductees inspire them, and sharing their own invention ideas.

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 — as well as builds problem-solving skills and encourages entrepreneurship — in a fun and engaging environment.

Mya, 9, has attended Camp Invention for several years, and she said she wants to be a scientist and inventor because “it gives me the freedom to experiment with things without anybody telling me what to do!”

“I would encourage kids to go to Camp Invention because it ties together education and fun,” Mya added. “You also get to learn how to use hardware that might come in handy, and you get to take home most of the stuff you build!”

As the contest winner, Mya is being awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the 45th National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on May 4 in Washington, D.C. As a special invited guest at the event, Mya will have the opportunity to interview real-life inventors and appear on stage with Inductees.

Mya said she is very excited to be attending the Induction Ceremony: “It will be my first time riding on a plane,” she explained. “Also, I get to talk about most of my inventions.”

 

About the 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 www.campinvention.org.

 

Contact:
Ken Torisky
National Inventors Hall of Fame
ktorisky@invent.org
330-968-4332, ext. 6085