Middle school hosting summer camp

Staff Report

Mount Airy Middle School will host a national week-long summer camp next week.

Camp Invention, a summer enrichment day camp program, is supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and a product of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF).

Camp Invention will run the week of Aug. 1-5 at the middle school for students in grades one through six.

Organizers describe the camp as “a weeklong adventure that will turn the summer from ordinary to extraordinary through hands-on problem solving, using science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).”

The program claims to have reached one million students and 125,000 educators since 1990.

Camp Invention provides an opportunity for inventive young minds to exercise their creativity and use their imagination in ways they might not normally try in the classroom.

Organizers say program participants often do not realize they are learning and developing new skills as they build prototypes, take things apart, explore different types of technology and more.

“The hands-on curriculum helps to further insert curiosity into a child’s everyday lifestyle,” said Alice Opperman, director of curriculum for for a school system in New Jersey. “As the need for skilled STEM professionals increases, we believe we are setting our students up for success by offering programs like Camp Invention.”

This year’s Camp Invention curriculum is called Epic, inspired by some of the nation’s most brilliant minds including experienced educators and inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, while being developed in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Epic features hands-on modules like CrickoBot, where campers construct and personalize a DIY solar-powered cricket and a unique habitat; Epic Park, where campers work in teams to design an eco-adventure park; I Can Invent: Maker Studio, where campers brainstorm product ideas and build original prototypes using real tools and components found in everyday devices; and The Lab: Where Pigs Fly, where children can discover the science of slime, demolition, electronic sound, giant squid and coding.

Local programs are facilitated and taught by educators who reside and teach in the community. Camp Invention serves more than 94,000 students every year through nearly 1,400 camps across the nation. For additional information or to find the nearest location for registration, visit www.campinvention.org.

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