Students enrolled in Camp Invention finished their summer program on Thursday, July 24. Camp Invention is a nationally renowned summer enrichment day camp program and is supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as well as the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF). The programming is inspired by some of the world’s most well- known inventors and it is developed through partnerships with the USPTO and the Collegiate Inventors Competition.
Several Pulaski County students were able to attend Camp Invention due to the generosity of the Nordson Xaloy Corporation, who donated many scholarships to the two-week long program. The curriculum for the year was “Morphed” and it encouraged the students in grades one through six to use skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to work through problems, build things as well as take them apart, create prototypes and build an insect themed pinball machine, all while having fun.
“I have been looking forward to Camp Invention all year,” said Emma Clevinger, a rising fifth grader and a student returning to Camp Invention for the second time.
Students have taken more than just STEM skills with them. Perseverance was an important lesson, too. Dante Holmes learned that, “If you fail, you can always try again.” Logan Wampler agreed. “It is important to keep working on your prototype to improve it and not give up,” Wampler said. “Because one day your invention may change the world.”