8-YEAR-OLD INNOVATOR WINS CAMP INVENTION 2018 ‘MIGHTY MINDS’ CONTEST

New York Student Will Attend National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction in May

NORTH CANTON, Ohio – April 23, 2018 – Nikaya Baranwal of Clifton Park, N.Y., a second-grader at Tesago Elementary School, has been named the winner of the 2018 Camp Invention® Mighty Minds Contest.

 

Nikaya 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. Nikaya’s invention was a “chain reaction course” built from repurposed items such as plastic blocks, wood and a train set.

 

“I watched a video in my class that encouraged me to use recycled material and toys to create something new out of it,” she explained.

 

Nikaya says her father is her role model, because “He also is an inventor — he built a new technology for airplane engines. We work together on science projects and cool things!”

 

A program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Camp Invention challenges children in Grades K-6 to find their “inner inventor” by learning the process of innovation. 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.

 

Nikaya, 8, has attended Camp Invention for two years, and she said she wants to be an engineer because “I like imagining and building new things. I would like to build something that will make world a better place to live.”

 

As the contest winner, Nikaya is being awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the 46th National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on May 3 in Washington, D.C. As a special invited guest at the event, she will have the opportunity to interview real-life inventors and appear on stage with Inductees.

 

Nikaya said she is very excited to be attending the Induction Ceremony: “I will be meeting great inventors, and I am curious to know what they did when they were a kid!”

 

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 1.3 million children, and 125,000 teachers and Leadership Interns. For more information, visit www.campinvention.org.