2022 Camp Invention Inspires Kids to Explore Summer Fun Underwater and in Outer Space

Leading Summer STEM Camp Makes Inventing Hands-on and Fun

For media members covering this year’s Camp Invention® program, Explore, this page includes our full 2022 camp news release plus multimedia materials such as images, videos, fact sheets and links to more resources that will help you complete your story. In 2022, our programs include Camp Invention in person and Camp Invention Connect® at home. For additional assistance, click here to reach our PR Staff.

All-New 2022 Explore Program
Robotic Aquatics™

Children dive into ocean research and adopt their own aquatic animal. They use their decision-making skills to make design choices, patent new aquatic plants and create a symbiotic best friend for their animal. Then they develop a unique, bio-inspired invention and hook investors at the fish market.

See Robotic Aquatics in action



Inspired by real space exploration, campers create Spacepacks and Astro-Arm devices to help them with gravity-defying cooking, glow-in-the-dark lunar discoveries and erupting ice volcanoes! Before returning to Earth, they mine an asteroid and collect data on how animals can hatch and grow in space.

See Spacecation in action


NIHF’s The Attic™

Art and STEM combine in this immersive experience. Campers find out how inventions have changed the way people create as they experiment with materials science, chemistry and art, and they learn how to manage emotions that come with engaging in the creative process. They even build their own robotic artist.

See NIHF’s The Attic in action


Marble Arcade™

Children zigzag through physics, engineering and gaming as they build a mega marble arcade. First, they use scientific principles like potential and kinetic energy to roll gaming spheres at different speeds. Then they boost their collaboration skills by working together to level up their designs through hands-on problem solving.

See Marble Arcade in action


NORTH CANTON, Ohio, April 5, 2022 — For more than three decades, Camp Invention® has developed confidence and problem-solving skills in young innovators through authentic, hands-on STEM activities. In the 2022 program, Explore, campers will design a tank for their aquatic animal friend; experiment with animation and materials science; explore distant moons and outer space; and construct their own marble arcade!

Camp Invention, a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, provides a unique experience for children to make discoveries about the importance of intellectual property while exploring, creating and designing. Camp promotes STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning; builds leadership, perseverance and resourcefulness; and encourages entrepreneurship — in an exciting and engaging environment.

“The core learning experience that my girls received and the inspiration to look at items innovatively, pushing the boundaries of their imagination, and bringing it to life was awe-inspiring,” said the parent of 2021 campers. “They have benefited tremendously, learning they can make a difference in creating for the world they live in.”

Each year, the program features a new curriculum inspired by some of our nation’s greatest innovators — the NIHF Inductees. For 2022, the Explore program includes Robotic Aquatics, NIHF’s The Attic, Spacecation and Marble Arcade. In these exciting, hands-on experiences, campers will:

  • Dive into cutting-edge ocean research as they adopt their own aquatic animal, design and patent aquatic plants, and take their new BFF home in a mini tank.
  • Discover real space exploration technology when they create Spacepacks and Astro-Arm devices, mine an asteroid and observe erupting ice volcanoes.
  • Combine science and art to build their own robotic artist, engage in design thinking, make spin art and learn how inventions can change the way people create.
  • Experiment with the fun of physics, engineering and gaming as they design, build and test their own mega marble arcade.
  • Engage in hands-on fun led by certified educators.

Annually, Camp Invention programs benefit more than 130,000 children and partner with 1,800 schools and districts across the nation. Educators and school districts can partner with Camp Invention in 2022 by visiting invent.org/camp.

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 1.9 million children, and 210,000 teachers and Leadership Interns. For more information, visit invent.org/programs/camp-invention.

Media Contact:
Ken Torisky
National Inventors Hall of Fame
[email protected]

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