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The enrichment program will be available for any youngsters who are interested

COURTESY PHOTO: CAMP INVENTION - Camp Invention is a nonprofit summer enrichment program designed for kids interested in STEM.

The national program Camp Invention, a nonprofit summer enrichment program designed for kids interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), is giving Newberg students the opportunity to join its program in July. The at-home version of the program will run July 12-16 and features a number of activities for STEM-oriented kids in the area.

"Camp Invention at home reaches far beyond what families have come to expect from 'virtual' learning - balancing active, independent hands-on exploration with opportunities for socialization from home," a press release from Camp Invention said. "A hybrid program featuring both offline activities and optional online sessions, the at-home Camp Invention format enables hands-on exploration by delivering an Innovator's Toolkit, packed full of fun materials, directly to each participant. With four themed activities, step-by-step guides and an Innovator Workshop, the program brings imagination, creative problem solving and fun to children's living rooms. During the at-home format, local certified instructors take the campers through the day's activities, with the children choosing to attend the four daily online collaborative sessions or move at their own pace."

The program includes curriculum from nationally recognized inventors and occasionally National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees. This curriculum, titled "Recharge," encourages confidence in ideas and innovative thinking.

The four major activities include reverse engineering a wireless microphone to build something else; building a device to launch rubber ducks through the air; creating vehicles inspired by nature; and creating a solar-powered robot cricket.

"A NIHF program in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Camp Invention challenges children in grades K-6 to tap into their natural curiosity and use their creativity to solve problems," the release said. "Through hands-on activities, Camp Invention promotes STEM learning; builds confidence, leadership, perseverance and resourcefulness; and encourages entrepreneurship -- all in a fun and engaging environment. In the unprecedented times we're all experiencing, with 'unfinished learning' and other challenges due to COVID-19, these lessons and opportunities for fun ways to learn are even more valuable."

For more information on the program, visit www.invent.org/programs/camp-invention.


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