Inspire students through invention education
Empower your K-6 students to collaborate, create, gain confidence and practice divergent thinking with the acclaimed summer enrichment program that has reached children nationwide for more than 30 years.
This inspiring program brings joy and excitement into both teaching and learning. Based on credible research and directly informed by world-changing inventors, Camp Invention® maintains a 100% camp Director satisfaction rating and provides a new, tested program each year. Our engaging, hands-on STEM curriculum is aligned to national and state standards and differentiated to meet the needs of primary and intermediate students. An amazing stand-alone experience or the perfect complement to a larger summer learning program, Camp Invention helps overcome learning loss and develop the Innovation Mindset™ — a growth mindset that instills essential skills for any area of life.
The National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) provides the complete program curriculum, materials, training and dedicated support. Teachers gain experience and confidence in teaching STEM subjects and practice an open-ended, student-led instruction style they can easily transfer to their classrooms. Upon completion, Program Team Members receive a letter of recognition from the United States Patent and Trademark Office and a certificate representing 3 CEUs.*
Choose to have all your program materials packed and delivered in either a Class Set or Individual Sets. You can also customize your program to work with any schedule and meet your district’s hour requirements, whether you prefer to run Camp Invention as part of a larger summer learning program or as a stand-alone experience.
Districts can choose a parent-paid model or rely on the many funding options for which our education programs qualify, including ARP/ESSER, Title I, Title II, Title III, Title IV, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Migrant Education and Early Learning Challenge funding, as well as state and local district resource funding.
Educators say they value Camp Invention’s ability to spark joy in teaching and learning. Designed for hands-on engagement and open-ended exploration, the program encourages children’s natural curiosity and creativity while empowering both students and teachers to joyfully experiment, innovate and build confidence.
Encourage lifelong engagement in innovation
Independent evaluations have shown that participation in just one week of Camp Invention results in statistically significant short-term and long-term improvements in1:
- Interest in STEM subjects
- Problem-solving skills
In addition to Camp Invention, NIHF has developed an entire network of invention education programs, because we know that when children grow up with exposure to inventors and innovation, they’re more likely to be innovative themselves.2 Through invention education, we can create safe spaces where children develop their identities as creators.3
Find out how our STEM summer camp works
Partner with us
Contact us to discuss your needs and develop a plan for your district. Factors to consider include:
- Do you plan to run a stand-alone program, or will you integrate our STEM curriculum into a larger summer enrichment program?
- How many hours of programming will you need?
- Do you plan to use government funding?
- Would you prefer to receive your program materials in a Class Set or in Individual Sets?
Prepare for your program
- Confirm your program location (if applicable) and dates
- Select your camp Director
- Your Director selects Program Team Members
Promote your program
- For parent-paid programs, we open registration for your summer camp online and ship you a box full of fun ways to promote your program
- For all programs, we host promotional and logistics training sessions and provide access to digital tools and resources, such as social media content and videos
- Your team spreads the word about your program
Enjoy your program
- We schedule delivery of all your program materials and STEM curriculum
- Rely on your dedicated NIHF support team to provide assistance at any time
See what educators are saying about our program
What roles make up a Camp Invention Program Team?
The Director is the liaison between NIHF and the host site. Directors are responsible for promoting the program and recruiting, training and supervising Program Team Members, along with coordinating site logistics.
For programs with 70 or more participants, an Assistant Director supports the Director in coordinating all aspects of the program as assigned by the Director. Assistant Director responsibilities may include promoting the program, facilitating Base Camp activities, overseeing site and program safety, supervising Leadership Interns and Leaders-in-Training, keeping inventory of materials and helping with on-site coordination.
Instructors engage children through hands-on, inquiry-based activities that are part of an overall storyline and theme. Prior to the program, Instructors assist with promotional efforts. During the program, Instructors are provided with step-by-step instructions, guiding questions and discussion prompts to present key concepts and highlight inventor stories. Many educators transfer their experience from Camp Invention to their classrooms.
Camp Parents assist Directors in promoting their program on the local level. They can help increase enrollment by posting on social media, conducting email campaigns, coordinating promotion with PTA/PTO councils, distributing flyers, and promoting Camp Invention through community events, newspapers or bulletin boards.
Volunteers are an integral part of day-to-day activities and may be involved with aiding promotional efforts, assisting with sign-in and sign-out, supervising Base Camp as well as lunch and snack time, and supporting program setup and cleanup.
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1. Donald J. Treffinger, Camp Invention Evaluation. Sarasota (FL): Center for Creative Learning (2001); Bureau of Research Training and Services in the College and Graduate School of Education, Health and Human Services at Kent State University (2007); A. Scarisbrick-Hauser, B. Hauser, 2010 Camp Invention Program Evaluation (2010); ChangeMaker Consulting, LLC, Camp Invention Evaluation (2014); J. Falk, Camp Invention Evaluation Report. Institute for Learning Innovation (2018).
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