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Camp Invention Sparks Excitement

 

Children in grades K-6 in Hampton and surrounding communities sparked their excitement for STEAM education at the 2016 Camp Invention program, held July 25-29 at Wyland Elementary School. Approximately 60 students attended the camp. 

Camp Invention is a nationally-recognized, nonprofit educational and enrichment program that has been sponsored by the National Inventors Hall of Fame for 40 years. The camp operates in partnership with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Roughly 2 million children have participated in the program since its inception, with this being the first year the program has been available at Hampton. Mrs. Marlynn Lux, Acting Principal at Hampton Middle School, and Mrs. Laurie (Heinricher) Tocci, Principal at Wyland Elementary School, were instrumental in bringing the program to Hampton. Mrs. Michele Hurst, HMS science teacher, served as the on-site director for the program. The curriculum for Camp Invention is designed to foster a child's inventive spark and focuses on science and technology. Training, guidelines and program materials are provided for local teachers, who are responsible for conducting the weeklong camp. 

Students spent the week fully immersed in activities and experiments designed to foster creativity and learning. They built robots, dismantled various electronic items to learn about their inner parts and designed an "epic park" as some of the many activities of the week. Students were led by HMS teachers Mrs. Marilyn Adams (Poff), Mr. Joe Brasile (Central), Mrs. Megan Walker (Wyland) and Mrs. Amy Rein (Poff), with assistance from several older student volunteers. 

To learn more about Camp Invention, visit the program's website

 

Posted by berg in STEM on Monday August, 8, 2016 at 12:42PM
Tags:  STEAM, STEM
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