2019 Camp Invention Program

Supercharge their world with our all-new 2019 Camp Invention(r) program! Campers will explore fun, hands-on activities that encourage confidence, creative problem solving, entrepreneurship and collaboration. By the end of the program, children will become their own innovation superhero! The Supercharged program includes many adventurous modules. Take a peek at what each one has to offer.

The Innovation Force®

Children team up with the Innovation Force®, a group of National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) Inductees who have been transformed into superheroes, to battle the evil Plagiarizer, a supervillain who is out to steal the world’s ideas. As children create a device to retrieve the stolen ideas they learn about the importance of intellectual property and the patent system.

Children will:

  • Engage with inventors in a relatable and exciting way.
  • Design, build and market an invention
  • Learn the importance of protecting an idea. and the basic steps to protect your ideas.

Deep Sea Mystery ™

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 NIHF Inductees, children invent island-survival tools and underwater equipment. Sumita Mitra, dental innovator, and Stan Honey, master navigator, guide participants through exciting activities.

Children will:

  • Explore navigation techniques using the constellations
  • Create a Little Dipper lamp projector to take home, which helps find the North Star.
  • Build confidence and collaboration skills working in teams to solve real-world problems.
  • Build and design miniature boats that must float and carry pieces of cargo.

Farm Tech™

Children are put in charge of managing their own farm as they learn the basics of running a business.  With the assistance of Bot-ANN-E robot, campers learn fundamental coding techniques to maximize their time and profits. NIHF Inductee Marvin Caruthers, inventor of the method to chemically synthesize DNA, joins the fun and introduces students to DNA syntheses, while children perform their own mock DNA experiment to check the health of their newly purchased cattle.

Children will:

  • Play the role of a farmer and tackle the real-world economic challenges of running a farm and business.
  • Program a robot to maintain the fields
  • Explore DNA and learn how doctors and scientists determine the health of people and animals.

DIY Orbot™

Children explore frequency, circuit boards, motors and gears as they use real tools to reverse engineer a remote-controlled DIY Orbot. Throughout the week, campers will adapt their DIY Orbot to perform increasingly challenging tasks from sports to art.

Children will:

  • Work together in teams to overcome each day’s unique challenge, culminating in the creation of a large obstacle course.
  • Learn basic engineering skills by taking apart their robot to better understand its inner workings.
  • Use engineering design principles to adapt their robot to each day’s new activity.