Camp Invention

A STEM Summer Camp Program for Grades K-6 That Turns Curious Kids Into Innovative Thinkers

What is Camp Invention?

  • Who: Curious kids entering grades K-6
  • What: A confidence-boosting STEM summer camp where kids build creative inventions and lasting friendships. Led by qualified local educators, our camps offer new and exciting hands-on activities every year.
  • Where: Over 1,000 camp programs run nationwide in schools, community centers and other local facilities!
  • When: Our day camp’s dates and hours vary by location. Some locations also offer before and after care to fit busy parents’ schedules. If your local camps don’t offer dates and times that work for you, we can also send an at-home camp experience directly to your doorstep.
  • How Much: Pricing for this weeklong STEM summer camp, complete with take-home materials and limitless inspiration, starts at $245. See your local camp for exact pricing.

Here’s what an action-packed day looks like with Camp Invention

A.M. Base Camp

Drop off your camper with certified local educators and Camp Invention Leadership Interns, and they’ll start each day with games that encourage teamwork and spark creativity.

Morning Modules

Campers take on two creative challenges (or modules) and enjoy the healthy snacks they’ve brought to help keep their minds moving.

Games & Lunch

Half of the campers head outside — or to the gym — to play action-packed games while the others campers eat the lunch they’ve packed. Then they switch!

Afternoon Modules

Time for two more modules that will introduce your child to world-changing inventors, keep them active, and encourage their curiosity and creative thinking.

P.M. Base Camp

The day wraps up as campers wind down with problem-solving games. When you sign out your camper, they’ll tell you just how much fun they had at Camp Invention!

A.M. Base Camp
Morning Modules
Games & Lunch
Afternoon Modules
P.M. Base Camp
Discover our new 2022 Camp Invention program, Explore

This year’s all-new program is designed to inspire confidence and persistence, build essential STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills and improve reading skills. This is all accomplished through collaborative, creative problem-solving activities that offer so much hands-on fun and excitement, kids don’t even realize how much they’re learning!

Make a Splash with 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!

Blast Off for Spacecation

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.

Spin Into NIHF’s The Attic

Art and STEM combine in this immersive and creative 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 can come with engaging in the creative process. They even build their own robotic artist to help them make awesome spin art!

Get Rolling with 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 Camp Invention in Action

The following sponsors help make Camp Invention possible: