Camp Invention Starts its Fourth Year

Photos courtesy of Sean Knight
Photos courtesy of Sean Knight

Camp Invention has started its fourth year at Springs School! This year the theme is called "EPIC!"
Camp Invention was created by the National Inventors Hall of Fame and is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. Springs School has hosted the program for four years. This summer, Melissa Knight, Dina Rafferty, Kim Havlik, Jennifer Marchignnoli, and Sema Mendelman joined science teacher Sean Knight for a great week-long experience.  
Camp Invention partners with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Collegiate Inventors Competition, and everything they do is inspired by the world’s smartest inventors.
At Camp Invention, the top priority is to provide quality programming in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The unrivaled program presents essential STEM concepts through the most creative hands-on activities. Camp Invention combines learning and fun, and strives to enhance each child’s ability to learn through teamwork and subject immersion while providing exciting challenges and cultivating a new appreciation for discovery.
ABOUT THE EPIC PROGRAM: (our program this year)
In CrickoBot, children will make and adopt their very own DIY robotic cricket powered by the sun! Your child will create cricket-inspired inventions and outsmart motorized spider predators, build cricket-sized tire swings and trampolines and explore the science of sound by investigating how crickets chirp. Friends challenge one another to a Chirp-Off, where they play their musical instrument inventions.
CrickoBot merges STEM concepts and real-world challenges as children explore biology and use their own ideas to create new insect-inspired innovations.'
Epic ParkTM
Children gear up and design zip lines, water flumes and hi-tech eco-gear! Ed Venture and Angel Investor need their help to develop the latest and greatest tourist attraction because the dynamic duo just purchased Epic Park, located on a beautiful island filled with rainforest areas, waterfalls, sandy desert stretches, steep cliffs and rolling hills that all lead down to the ocean. Angel and Ed—who happen to be crazy about all things adventurous—are looking for innovative thinkers to team up and pitch their most cutting-edge designs for the future of Epic Park.
Participants will sketch up their best blueprints and clean green energy designs that will win over Angel and Ed for the chance to be Epic Park co-owners and operators all while exploring principles of entrepreneurship and physics.

I Can Invent: Maker StudioTM
Your child will repower the motors, gears, lights, fans and components found in broken machines to make their own innovations in the Maker Studio!
If inspiration is needed, children can spin the Inventor Challenge Wheel to hear a video challenge from National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees and Collegiate Inventors Competition Finalists and Winners. Everyone spends time exploring the science of 3D printing and tinkering with circuits to get their wheels turning in a new direction as they prepare to make The Next Big Thing!
The Lab: Where Pigs FlyTM
Your child will explore demolitions, coding, squid, slime and sound-activated lights in The Lab: Where Pigs Fly and anything is possible!
Children see themselves as scientists, programmers and biologists testing out more than one dozen experiments in the Camp Invention Laboratories. Every day there are exciting new challenges; from demolition and cup tower explosions, to programming and coding, to the chemistry of polymer slime and spinning disco ball circuits. Investigation and discovery are the key ingredients to fun in the ever-changing Lab: Where Pigs Fly and anything is possible!


Look for Camp Invention again next summer at Springs School!