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Build Your Big Ideas With Prototyping Studio

Behind the NIHF Scenes Program Highlights

Every year, the National Inventors Hall of Fame® inspires curious kids to become capable creators through Camp Invention®, a hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) camp designed for grades K-6. This summer’s program gives kids a chance to try hands-on creative problem solving, grow their confidence and collaborate with friends.

Prototyping Studio is one of four never-before-seen experiences in the 2024 Camp Invention program, Illuminate! Keep reading to discover how your child will bring their imagination to life through interactive prototyping this summer, learning that anyone can invent anything, anywhere!

Build Prototypes, Confidence and Persistence

In this innovative experience, campers will star as contestants on Prototyping Studio, a game show where they’ll embark on a creative journey to uncover the ultimate place to invent. Along the way, they’ll create rapid prototypes – or initial models of their inventions – as they find inspiration from Our Nation’s Greatest Innovators, National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees!

Equipped with a toolbox and some useful tools, your child will explore a variety of places, like those found in our homes, where many world-famous inventors began prototyping their creations. From the basement to the kitchen, the garage and even the bathroom, campers will work together with friends to generate new ideas and bring them to life in a series of exciting prototyping challenges.

After sketching their concept and transforming it into a working prototype, your camper will fill out a mock patent application, learning how to protect their unique ideas through the intellectual property system. They’ll build confidence when they share their ideas with their fellow campers and gain persistence as they make improvements to their prototypes. They’ll win the game by learning that the ultimate place to invent is anywhere they choose and they’ll take their toolbox home to keep on making whatever they can dream up!


Think Like an Innovator

Each Camp Invention experience is designed to help your child unleash their potential, fostering the same invaluable skills and traits that define the journeys of National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees.

Opportunities to build the I Can Invent® Mindset are found in each year’s all-new camp program, helping your child develop critical thinking, perseverance and so much more.

Prototyping Studio focuses on the following components of the I Can Invent Mindset, helping your camper grow their abilities in these areas:

  • Confidence: Your child will build confidence as they explore their own ideas and grow self-assurance by bringing those ideas from their heads to their hands and out into the real world. Building, creating and prototyping with everyday materials makes invention accessible and reassures your child of their awesome abilities.
  • Design Thinking: By moving from space to space in a simulated game show, your child will identify problems and seek solutions. As they focus on the people who will use the things they create, they will learn how to apply empathy to address the needs of others.
  • Innovation: Your child will engage in hands-on challenges to solve real-world problems, explore the places, tools and techniques used by accomplished innovators, and discover what innovation can look like in their own life.

Secure Your Spot at Camp Invention Today

Make this your child’s best and brightest summer yet with our brand-new Camp Invention program – secure your spot today!

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