Camp Invention, a nationally recognized nonprofit summer enrichment camp program, is coming to Odyssey Preparatory Academy-Goodyear June 11 to June 15.
A program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), in partnership with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Camp Invention challenges children in Grades K-6 to find their “inner inventor” by learning the process of innovation. Using hands-on activities, Camp Invention promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning; builds resourcefulness and problem-solving skills; and encourages entrepreneurship in a fun and engaging environment.
Each year, the program features a new curriculum inspired by the nation’s top inventors — the NIHF inductees. This year’s Fast Forward curriculum features several video challenges from these inductees encouraging children to be confident in their ideas and explore their innovativeness. These hands-on activities include:
Optibot Campers will launch into the future with their own Optibot — a small self-driving robot that senses changes in light.
Robotic Pet Vet: Throughout this module, campers nurse their robotic puppy back to health and design and build dog parks as they hammer out ideas for the best park attraction.
Mod My Mini Mansion: Campers will dream up and design their very own futuristic smart home filled with gadgets, LEDs, technology and innovations!
Stick to It: Campers will invent something new every day as they explore what it is like to be a physicist, engineer and entrepreneur. Young innovators will invent, make and craft solutions to real-world challenges by building their own prototypes and discovering that anything is possible.
At the end of the program, each camper will bring home two personalized robots. All local Camp Invention programs are facilitated and taught by certified educators who reside and teach in the community. Camp Invention serves more than 140,000 students every year and partners with nearly 1,700 schools and districts across the nation. For additional information, visit campinvention.org.