Camp Invention at Mt. Zion Intermediate School Mt. Zion, Illinois
310 South Henderson Street
Mt. Zion Illinois 62549
Since 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary!
In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention is offered at roughly 1,300 school districts nationwide. Simply stated - it’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children entering 1st-6th grades work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules.
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.
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
I Can Invent: Maker Studio™
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 Fly™
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!
Our Instructors and Staff
Local educators will facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high school and college students will serve as Leadership Interns ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children.
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Camp Activities: Academics • Nature Studies • Science • STEM • Other Academics
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Ages: From All To All
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