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Camp Invention coming to Kannapolis elementary school

KANNAPOLIS — Camp Invention, the nation’s premier summer enrichment day camp program that is supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the National Inventors Hall of Fame, is coming to C. E. Boger Elementary School in Kannapolis the week of July 13.

The weeklong day camp for students entering grades one through six fosters innovation and creativity while also building self esteem, teamwork, persistence and goal-setting skills.

Camp Invention not only encourages inventive young minds through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in a fun and creative atmosphere, it also incorporates outdoor activities as part of its curriculum.

Camp Invention students experience winning, success and victory, along with an adrenaline rush that comes with competition among students and successful completion of challenging projects. Camp Invention provides a great opportunity for inventive young minds to exercise their creativity and use their imagination in ways they don’t normally get to — through real-world problem-solving challenges. They build things, take things apart, explore different types of technology and so much more. Many times, the students are having so much fun, they don’t even realize they are learning and developing new skills.

“We are thrilled to be offering Camp Invention to students in our community and developing skills that ensure bright futures for our participants,” said Nancy Lenihan, Camp Invention director in Sumner, Washington. “We are molding inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs and instilling creative problem-solving, which sets this camp apart from the rest.”

This year’s Camp Invention curriculum is called Illuminate and was inspired by some of the nation’s most brilliant minds, including experienced educators, inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and members of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Illuminate will encourage children to explore their inventiveness in the Design Studio: Illuminate module, investigating circuits and taking on a nature-inspired design challenge. As they dream, build and make discoveries, children will have a chance to build a prototype from scratch and explore math from a new angle when they create origami flight models during team-building exercises.

Local programs are facilitated and taught by educators who reside and teach in the community. Camp Invention serves more than 87,000 students every year through more than 1,300 camps across the nation. For additional information, or to find the nearest location for registration, visit www.campinvention.org.

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