Dec 02, 2019 2019-12-02
Camp Invention, a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, provides a unique experience for youth to make discoveries about the importance of intellectual property while exploring, creating, and designing. The program promotes STEM learning; builds leadership, perseverance, and resourcefulness; and encourages entrepreneurship—in an exciting and engaging environment. Each year the program features a new curriculum inspired by some of the nation’s greatest inventors—the NIHF Inductees. For 2020 the Elevate curriculum features video challenges from these inductees encouraging young people to be confident in their ideas and explore their ability to innovate. The hands-on modules include “Camp Invention Flight Lab” in which students build a cityscape from upcycled materials, navigate planes through a storm, and take apart a robot; “Design Thinking Project,” in which campers become innovators by creating sketches, building prototypes, designing logos, and pitching their invention while protecting their intellectual property; and “Rescue Squad,” which involves youth in using teamwork and problem-solving skills to protect Earth’s ecosystems. In addition, “Camp Invention Champions” lead campers to discover the unseen inventors behind their favorite sports and apply their own ingenuity. Children trade inventor playing cards, create and play their own high-energy hover-ball games, and design and build the ultimate sports complex. Annually, Camp Invention partners with schools and districts across the nation, and local programs are facilitated and taught by certified educators who reside and teach in the community. To find a local camp or more information on the 2020 program, visit the Camp Invention website.