National enrichment summer camp coming to Scottsdale in June

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 Cochise Elementary School the week of June 1-5.

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

Cochise Elementary school is at 9405 N. 84th St., in Scottsdale.

Selection of the right summer camp for children can be intimidating and overwhelming as the options continue to grow and become more niche. 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.
According to the release, Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. Through hands-on programming, Camp Invention encourages children in grades 1-6 to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum inspired by some the world’s great inventors.

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 so much more.

“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 and Highly Capable Classroom Teacher, 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 our 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 find other locations for registration, visit www.campinvention.org.

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