Camp Invention coming to Kiva Elementary July 20

Camp Invention, the nation’s premier summer enrichment day camp program that is supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the National Inventors Hall of Fame, is coming to Kiva Elementary School in Scottsdale the week of July 20.

The week-long day camp for students entering grades one through six fosters innovation and creativity while also building self-esteem, teamwork, persistence and goal-setting skills.

Camp Invention not only encourages inventive young minds through science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a fun and creative atmosphere, it also incorporates outdoor activities as part of its curriculum, according to a press release.

Camp Invention students experience winning, success and victory, along with an adrenaline rush that comes with competition among students and successful completion of challenging projects. Camp Invention provides a great 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, they build things, take things apart, explore different types of technology and more according to the release.

“We are thrilled to be offering Camp Invention to students in our community and developing skills that ensure bright futures for our participants,” stated Nancy Lenihan, Camp Invention director in Sumner, Wash. stated in the release. “We are molding inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs and instilling creative problem-solving, which sets this camp apart from the rest.”

This year’s Camp Invention curriculum is called Illuminate and was inspired by some of the nation’s most brilliant minds including experienced educators, Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and members of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, according to the release.

Illuminate will encourage children to explore their inventiveness in the Design Studio: Illuminate module, investigating circuits and taking on a nature-inspired design challenge. As they dream, build and make discoveries, children will have a chance to build a prototype from scratch and explore math from a new angle when they create origami flight models during team-building exercises.

Local programs are facilitated and taught by educators who reside and teach in the community. Camp Invention serves more than 87,000 students every year through more than 1,300 camps across the nation.

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

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