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Camp Invention coming to Coal City Intermediate School

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 8:50 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 9:06 p.m. CDT

COAL CITY – Camp Invention, a national educational program recognized for fostering innovative thinking, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention, is coming to Coal City Intermediate School this summer.

The camp will take place the week of June 16 to June 20. The weeklong day camp is for students entering grades first through sixth and encourages inventive young minds through hands-on problem solving, using science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a fun and creative atmosphere, according to a news release from the school.

Camp Invention provides an opportunity for inventive young minds to exercise their creativity and use their imagination in ways they don’t normally get to – through real-world problem solving challenges. In the came they build things, take things apart, explore different types of technology and so much more. Many times the students are having so much fun, they don’t even realize they are learning and developing new skills.

Camp Invention was founded by Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Programming is developed through partnerships with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and inspired by Inductees of the Hall of Fame and finalists of the Collegiate Inventors Competition. Camp Invention’s new curriculum for 2014 called “Morphed!” immerses students in hands-on activities, such as building original prototypes, creating a personalized motor-powered vehicle, and disassembling electronics to build an insect-themed pinball machine.

Local programs are facilitated and taught by educators who reside and teach in those communities.

“Camp Invention is proud to inspire and challenge our next generation of innovators through this nationally acclaimed educational program,” said Michael Oister, CEO of Invent Now, the organization responsible for organizing the camps, in a news release. “During the past 20 years, we have helped to ignite a passion for creativity and invention in more than 900,000 children while leaving them with great camp memories and lifelong friendships.”

For information or to register, visit www.campinvention.org.

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