Student learning doesn't have to stop once school is out.
Camp Invention — a summer program that fosters youth interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through hands-on activities — is making a pit stop in Newberg this summer.
Mabel Rush Elementary School will host the camp from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 11-15. Registration is open to children in kindergarten through sixth grade and the cost is $245 per child.
A combined effort of the National Inventors of Hall of Fame (NIHF) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the camp serves around 130,000 children annually and partners with more than 1,800 U.S schools and districts. Certified local educators facilitate and teach the program. Almost 2 million children and 210,000 teachers and leadership interns have utilized Camp Invention's education programs since 1990.
A press release described the camp as way for children to "tap into their natural curiosity and use their creativity to solve problems" and develop "confidence, leadership, perseverance and resourcefulness" as well entrepreneurship.
"In the unprecedented times we're all experiencing, with the 'unfinished learning' and other challenges due to COVID-19, these lessons and opportunities for fun ways to learn are even more valuable," the press release said.
Each year, program developers create a new curriculum inspired by the feats of NIHF members. This year, the program's Explore curriculum involves activities such as robotic aquatics and NIHF programs called "The Attic," "Spacecation" and "Marble Arcade."
In Robotic Aquatics, children learn about the latest ocean research, adopt robotic aquatic animals and design their habitats and aquatic plants. During The Attic, campers build robotic artists, participate in design ideation, create spin art and learn how inventions impact the creation process. Through Spacecation, children build Spacepacks and Astro-Arm devices, mine asteroids and watch ice volcanoes erupt to learn about space exploration technology. In Marble Arcade, children learn about physics, engineering and gaming through designing, building and testing mega marble arcades.
"The core learning experience that my girls received and the inspiration to look at items innovatively, pushing the boundaries of their imagination, and bringing it to life was awe-inspiring," said the parent of 2021 campers. "They have benefited tremendously, learning they can make a different in creating for the world they live in."
Learn more about Camp Invention or to register, visit invent.org/camp.
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