Attention young innovators: popular ‘Camp Invention’ returning to St. George

Camp participant Chloe Gallagher works on her "mini mansion" project during Camp Invention at Crimson View Elementary, St. George, Utah, June 8, 2018 | File photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Camp Invention, a nationally recognized, nonprofit summer enrichment camp program, is once again coming to Crimson View Elementary School the week of June 3.

The popular five-day program attracted about 150 participants to the school last year, according to a news release announcing the event.

Camp Invention, a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, provides a unique experience for children to learn about the importance of intellectual property while exploring, creating and designing.

Using hands-on activities, Camp Invention promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics – or STEM – learning; builds confidence, leadership, perseverance, resourcefulness and problem-solving skills; and encourages entrepreneurship in a fun and engaging environment.

Each year, the program features a new curriculum inspired by some of our nation’s greatest inventors: the National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees. The program’s “supercharged” curriculum for 2019 features video challenges from these inductees encouraging children to be confident in their ideas and explore their ability to innovate.

Camp participants test out their robotic pets during Camp Invention at Crimson View Elementary, St. George, Utah, June 8, 2018 | File photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

The hands-on modules include:

  • Innovation Force: Campers team up with the Innovation Force (hall of fame inductees who have been transformed into superheroes) to battle the evil Plagiarizer, a supervillain who is out to steal the world’s greatest ideas. As children create a device to retrieve the stolen ideas, they learn about the importance of intellectual property and the U.S. patent system.
  • Deep Sea Mystery: The children embark on a research adventure at sea to dig up fossils, but they soon find themselves stranded on an island. Using lessons and advice from hall of fame inductees, they invent island-survival tools and underwater equipment.
  • Farm Tech: Campers are put in charge of managing their own farm as they learn the basics of running a business. With the assistance of a robot called “Bot-ANN-E,” the children learn fundamental coding techniques to maximize their time and profits. Children also are introduced to DNA syntheses, where they perform their own mock experiment to check the health of their newly purchased cattle.
  • DIY Orbot: The children will explore frequency, circuit boards, motors and gears as they use real tools to reverse engineer a remote-control robot. Throughout the week, campers will adapt their DIY Orbot to perform increasingly challenging tasks.

At the end of the program, each camper will take home their own robot. To learn more about this year’s new curriculum, click here.

All local Camp Invention programs are facilitated and taught by certified educators who reside and teach in the local community. Camp Invention serves more than 130,000 students every year and partners with 1,800 schools and districts across the United States. The camp is for children entering grades K-6 and costs $260 per participant. For more information or to register, visit the Camp Invention website.

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