2023 Camp Invention is the Summer Camp Every Parent Wants – Featuring Learning and Fun
Leading Hands-on STEM Camp Makes Inventing and Innovation Relatable
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Children become innovative entrepreneurs as they design their own mini pop-up business! Campers create a business plan and choose how to spend their startup funds. Employing their imaginations, they add lights, greenery, logoed signage and other features to attract customers. After inventing unique ways to distribute their products, children launch their business with the ultimate pop-up event!
As children build their own mini skate park with ramps, bowls and rails, they take an exciting ride through physics, design engineering and art! Campers personalize their mini skateboards, create DIY skateboard riders and design awesome skate park features. Then it’s time to grind the rails of innovation as they kickflip their way through each other’s one-of-a-kind Skate Parks!
Children investigate the inner workings of their own MimicBot — a robot that mimics sounds — and transform it into a one-of-a-kind animatronic stuffie! They find inspiration in nature, get hands-on with design and use the power of intellectual property to protect their stuffie from the idea-stealing Copy Cat. Then campers take their stuffie home to keep creating and innovating!
To create the best celebration ever, children become confident event planners! They have fun engineering light-up party hats, inventing a Party Assistant to help with their big plans, exploring color with bubble art banners and experimenting with sound as they create instruments. When the day of the big celebration arrives, children rotate between fun stations as they celebrate all their amazing accomplishments.
NORTH CANTON, Ohio — April 5, 2023 — For more than three decades, Camp Invention® has developed confidence and problem-solving skills in young innovators through authentic, hands-on STEM activities that are new each year. The summer program takes place at local schools across the U.S. and is taught by the people kids know best, their local teachers. In the 2023 program, Wonder, campers will design their own mini skate park; throw a party celebrating innovation; transform a robot into an animatronic stuffie; and design their own pop-up business!
Camp Invention, a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame®, provides a unique experience for children in grades K-6 to build their confidence and make new friends 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.
“Both of my kids loved Camp Invention! They loved having the opportunity to create, innovate and iterate what they had learned,” said the parent of recent Camp Invention campers. “They were intensely proud to tell of their work each day and to showcase their projects at the end of the week.”
Each year, the program features a new curriculum inspired by some of our nation’s most world-changing inventors — the National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees. This year’s Wonder program encourages children to be confident in their ideas and explore their innovativeness though hands-on activities including:
- Catching Air™: Taking a confidence-building ride through physics, engineering and art, children design and build their own skate park
- Invention Celebration™: To create the best celebration ever, campers become confident event planners
- MimicBot™: Children show their unique style when they transform a robot that mimics sounds into a one-of-a-kind animatronic stuffie
- Pop-Up Venture™: Campers become innovative entrepreneurs as they design their own mini pop-up business
Local programs are facilitated and taught by qualified local educators. Annually, Camp Invention programs benefit more than 118,000 children and partner with 2,200 schools and districts across the nation. To find a camp near you, visit our Camp Finder or for additional information, visit invent.org/camp.
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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 2.2 million children, and 229,000 teachers and Leadership Interns. For more information, visit invent.org/programs/camp-invention.
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