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Camp Invention Connect Reinvents K-6 Summer Camp for Real Hands-On Fun

At-home learning that’s different

Camp Invention Connect™ reaches far beyond what you've come to expect from at-home learning, inspiring confidence and creativity through independent, hands-on exploration.

  • Activity kits packed full of fun materials are shipped directly to each participant.
  • Daily challenges motivate children to go outdoors, get active and stretch their imaginations. 
  • Choose a screen-free, self-led experience or connect with certified education Coaches and fellow campers online for real interaction and collaboration.

What does a typical day look like with Camp Invention Connect?

Get Excited for Your Program

Mark your calendar and get ready for an action-packed week of real fun and exploration! Everything you need will be sent straight to your home, so keep an eye out for a big package to arrive at your doorstep.

Unbox Your Kits

This is the moment you’ve been waiting for! When your Camp Invention Connect package arrives, have fun opening all your activity kits. There is so much to discover in each kit, so take your time checking out all the awesome materials you’ll be using through the week.

Grab your Activity Guide and look for the password on Page 1 to unlock the online experience pages.

Daily Kickoff

Join your Coach for a live kickoff session each day, where you’ll get to know other campers and get pumped up for your hands-on activities! If you can’t join live, don’t worry — you will have access to videos that take you through each activity step-by-step, so you can watch at a time that works for you.

Unplug and Get Creative

Once you’ve got the daily download, you’ll be off to tackle your challenge. Take your activities outside, so you can get your brain and body moving while exploring new ideas!

Coach Collaboration

Your Coach will be available during midday and afternoon hours, giving you the chance to check in, ask questions, collaborate and share.

Take a Break, Then Keep Creating

Be sure to take a break from all the action, get some lunch to refuel, and give your parent or guardian an update on what you’ve been creating!

When you're ready, dive back into your inventions to wrap up the day’s activities, and finish turning your big ideas into the next big thing!

Celebrate and Share

At the end of your week with Camp Invention Connect, join your Coach and fellow campers online to share your creations and enjoy a real celebration of your teamwork, innovation and ingenuity!

Get Excited for Your Program
Unbox Your Kits
Daily Kickoff
Unplug and Get Creative
Coach Collaboration
Take a Break, Then Keep Creating
Celebrate and Share

What kids and their parents are saying about Camp Invention Connect™

  • Rating of 5 out of 5
    “We did a lot of building and I thought that was cool. I liked designing the LINK robot with all the cool stickers. I also really liked taking the LINK robot apart because I got to see all of the parts inside. It makes me feel more confident in building.”
    Reed

    Age 9

  • Rating of 5 out of 5
    “The experience between our school situation and Camp Invention Connect was night and day. This was especially true for my son, who struggles with traditional learning models. They had an absolute blast with each activity and loved sharing their ideas.”
    Rachel

    Parent

  • Rating of 5 out of 5
    “This was different from our online school because we got to talk to other kids and I didn’t have to just figure things out on my own. It was nice to be led by someone who helped me understand it. There were so many activities and they were really fun.”
    Lydia

    Age 7

  • Rating of 5 out of 5
    “Our Camp Invention Connect experience was amazing. The virtual sessions really set us up for success. It was just the right amount of instruction and resource sharing and then gave the kids the opportunity to build and design for the day.”
    Pete

    Parent

  • Rating of 5 out of 5
    “My favorite part was sharing my invention idea with everyone. Actually, no, it was making the invention. It was both! Dancing to the music on the computer was so much fun. Camp Invention is the most fun I’ve ever had!”
    Amelie

    Age 6

  • Rating of 5 out of 5
    “I just want to let you know how much my girls LOVE Camp Invention. This will be their third year, and it is always one of their favorite things about summer. They are just as excited to get the Connect kits. We can't wait!!”
    Mary

    Parent

  • Rating of 5 out of 5
    “Gavin had a wonderful time. I was skeptical as he’s not a fan of virtual learning but this was a completely different experience. I am super impressed with how you were able to keep everyone engaged. He was so happy all week. Thank you soooo much! ”
    Sara

    Parent

  • Rating of 5 out of 5
    “My son was able to build a “prototype” of an invention he’s always dreamed up of in his head. He loved creating things and it gave him something to look forward to in this stressful time.”
    Allison L.

    Parent

  • Rating of 5 out of 5
    “My child is wanting to invent something and get a patent… My child has ADHD and this program kept his focus and interest. He was so proud of what he completed on each project and shows it off to everyone. I just want to say Thank You for this experience.”
    Tami H.

    Parent

Delivering Imagination and Fun to Your Doorstep

With a set of four themed kits providing an abundance of materials, this one-of-a-kind program delivers hours of hands-on, high-energy fun! With each kit, children take on a unique set of challenges that build confidence, perseverance and creative problem-solving skills. Certified educators serve as Coaches, helping children make real connections as they facilitate collaboration, encourage outdoor play and provide step-by-step activity instruction.

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Camp Invention Flight Lab Kit

Imaginations soar as children learn about principles of flight, going outdoors to experiment with paper planes and hand-copters. They also get two robots — one to take apart and investigate, and one to customize as their very own flight simulation robot.

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Rescue Squad Kit

As they uncover ways to protect the Earth’s ecosystems, children will be eager to go outside and take on inspiring activities. Campers explore bioluminescence as they use LEDs to create a glowing flower, and they build parachutes to safely airdrop animals, restoring balance to their habitats.

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Design Thinking Project Kit

Children learn the value of their creativity as they enjoy open-ended activities that bring their biggest ideas to life. They use the materials in their kit to create sketches, build and test prototypes, design logos and confidently pitch their products while protecting their intellectual property.

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Camp Invention Champions Kit

As they discover the great inventors behind their favorite sports, children apply their own game-changing ingenuity and design thinking. They collect inventor playing cards, design and build the ultimate sports complex, and then head outside to play their new games.

Camp Invention Connect FAQs

Our at-home program is brand new, so we’re sure you have some questions!

Camp Invention Connect takes our nationally acclaimed summer program, Camp Invention, and reinvents the experience to bring it into your home! This program delivers our 2020 Camp Invention curriculum, Elevate, through a set of four at-home activity kits that are packed full of materials and delivered straight to your door. The program is designed to provide hours of hands-on fun that encourages children to go outdoors and stretch their imaginations. All activities can be screen-free and child-led. For real, live interaction, children can also join optional virtual collaboration sessions with a certified educator and other young inventors. These brief sessions include fun icebreakers and problem-solving challenges, keeping even our most shy participants excited as they make new friends. To learn more, visit the Camp Invention Connect page.

Attending virtual learning sessions is not required. In fact, the entire program may be completed as a screen-free experience by using the provided materials and Activity Guides. Our online resources and virtual learning sessions are designed to serve as options that enhance the experience through minimal screen time. Check out the Zoom and Google Meet troubleshooting guides as needed.

Just like our traditional Camp Invention program, local Camp Invention Connect programs are led by certified local educators. Participants in local Camp Invention Connect programs will also live in the vicinity of the hosting school/district. Our national program is led by a team of education experts from the National Inventors Hall of Fame® and certified educators across the country.

When children join live virtual learning sessions, they will be given opportunities to get to know other campers in their program. Coaches will also break each program into small groups to optimize teamwork. Friendships are often built at traditional, in-person Camp Invention programs, and we intend to create the same opportunities with Camp Invention Connect.

Many of our program’s high-energy activities can be enjoyed outside, and our Coaches encourage outdoor exploration and play each day!

The Camp Invention Connect program is priced at $175. Discounts are available.

We have national camps running each week in August! Choose from the dates listed below and click to register for the program week that works best for you!

August 3-7

August 10-14

August 17-21

August 24-28

August 31-Sept 4

Click here to search for a local program.

 

Watch this video for information on how to prepare for the week of Camp Invention Connect, or read on for details.

As your camp program week approaches, look for your kits to arrive in a large package. Unbox them and check out all the materials! Just make sure everything stays organized and will be easy to find during the program. You will also receive an email from your child’s Coach with log-in information and a schedule for the week. Camp will kick off each morning with a live instructional session online, so your child should have their materials ready to go. After this session, it’s time to unplug and get creative! In the afternoon, your child can join virtual collaboration sessions to ask questions, brainstorm with friends and share their progress. If you’d prefer a screen-free summer, remember that all online sessions are optional, and all activities can be completed offline by using the step-by-step activity guides. You’ll find these guides at the bottom of the main shipping box. Digital versions can also be found on the Camp Invention Connect Welcome Hub.

You can expect an action-packed week of real creativity and real fun! Your child is encouraged to complete the activities in one of the four themed kits each day, Monday through Thursday, and join their group online for an optional Inventor’s Showcase to celebrate their success on Friday. How your young innovator approaches the program each day is up to you. Activities may be completed entirely offline, or your child may access digital content and join daily virtual sessions for live instruction, coaching and collaboration. The program is flexible, so you can change your approach each day of the week.

To make sure your child has the best experience possible, you can make sure they have a space that allows them to explore and experiment. You can also encourage them to take their activities outdoors for fresh air and inspiration, provide support as they build their confidence and use “I wonder…” statements to help them stretch their imagination and develop creative solutions.