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Our Summer with Camp Invention

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The summer is wrapping up and the kids head back to school next week. While we definitely took advantage of the long summer vacation we definitely made lots of learning moments.

Weekly trips to the library opened their eyes to Greek mythology and magic.
Hikes in the state park introduced them to nature and taught them the Poison Ivy song.
Rainy days reinforced their imagination to beat the boredom.

Then there’s Camp Invention. Shae took a week of her vacation and spent it creating, discovering, inspiring, building and exploring. Camp Invention is the nation’s premier summer enrichment day camp with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with hands on activities.Camp Invention 2015 Ambassador Review

Her week long experience was amazing. She loved the fun that was injected into each day’s project and came home excited for what was in store the next day.Camp Invention 2015 Ambassador Review

We started the week with a box full of recycled materials, craft supplies and and old DVD Player. They were told they were going to reverse engineering their broken appliances to create a maze of circuits. This exercise focuses the kids’s minds on strategy, problem solving and innovation. I witnessed the kids in Mr. Ostheimer’s class eager to get started. They listened intently on directions, interjected their own ideas for the upcoming week and immediately got to work learning about the tools and supplies needed to stay safe.Camp Invention 2015 Ambassador Review

Camp Invention 2015 Ambassador Review

KartWheel might have been the most exciting part of Shae’s week. Utilizing teamwork, communication and household products and cardboard boxes the kids built go karts that were raced then destroyed with water balloons.Camp Invention 2015 Ambassador Review

There’s no reason to worry about summer brain drain when there are opportunities like Camp Invention in your backyard. We’ll check back next year and hopefully Camp Invention comes back in our area.


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  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

    That sounds like an awesome program. I love anything STEM related when it comes to kids.

  2. I used to send my kids to programs like this during the summer. It was a great way to keep them learning!

  3. What an awesome way to get your kids thinking creatively. Those tech and problem-solving will carry over to school too!

  4. Catherine S says

    This looks like an awesome camp. My niece would really enjoy something like this.

  5. What a cool camp. I think kids today need as much STEM as they can get in their lives. It’s the future.

  6. STEM is so important to our kids’ future. I’m glad to see there’s a camp devoted to getting the kids involved in it.

  7. Kristi says

    I am always on the look out for fun camps for our kids… they love science and animals… will have to see if they would be interested in this one.

  8. A Camp that promotes STEM learning and helps prevent summer brain drain, UM YES PLEASE! 🙂

  9. This camp looks like so much fun! What a good way to keep your brain at work during the summer.

  10. Tracey says

    This camp looks top notch! A place where can kids can have fun and keep their brains learning – awesome!

  11. That sounds like so much fun! My kids love to build and create, so I know they’ll love a camp like this one when they’re older.

  12. I’m loving the shift towards science, thanks to all of the STEM curriculums. It’s so wonderful to see how far the kids can go when you give them the tools and the knowledge to create & build.

  13. Oh how cool. This sounds like such a fun program. My kids would love this! I’m so sure.

  14. Oh my goodness how fun is that!? My daughter would have loved to do something like this. I will have to look to see if that have something like that around here.

  15. Can I go next year? This would be so up my son’s alley, he loves to build and invent!

  16. My kids would have loved this when they were younger. They love to invent new things.

  17. Debbie Denny says

    Awesome gocart. Awesome camp.

  18. This sounds like a great camp. I love that STEM learning is becoming ao big and inclusive of girls.

  19. My son did Camp Invention for 3 years and it is our favorite Summer Camp! The staff is excellent and they really challenge the students to create!

  20. That looks like so much fun! I wish they’d had stuff like this when I was in school!

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