Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized, non-profit summer enrichment program for kindergarteners through 6th graders that is inspired by the brightest thinkers around—the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame®. Children are empowered to have big ideas while they take on challenges that inspire them to question, brainstorm, collaborate with teammates, and build amazing invention prototypes.
Camp Invention takes place over one week in the summer. The top priority is to inspire future innovators and build their confidence in the natural ability to dream and create.
The summer of 2017 was Jaffrey-Rindge's first year of working with Invent.org and we had a great summer! Through collaboration with our community sponsors, we were able to offer first through sixth graders with a fun experience where STEM learning took center stage.
Students participated in four workshops over the course of their week at Camp Invention:
- DUCT TAPE BILLIONAIRE
As DIY duct tape experts, children designed products that they could market and sell.
They explored how to create duct tape accessories and then put their own patented
spin on them. They built inventory, got ready to take some risks and created a start-up
business that would put their products in high demand.
- HAVE A BLAST
Teams competed in friendly air battles and used physics to boost their advantage.
Children built and took home their own high-tech Bubble Blaster, complete with
flashing lights. They engineered an enormous cardboard castle, designed “snowball”
throwers, made a giant air cannon, launched water rockets, and flung rubber chickens.
- MISSION SPACE MAKERS
Participants were on a mission to locate and prepare a new planet for human habitation.
They terraformed a distant new exoplanet—designed inventions to transform its
atmosphere, terrain, and ecosystem to create the next Earth. They set up a Space Lab
to hatch eggs, sprout living plants and grow crystals.
- OPERATION KEEP OUT
Children took apart machines and devices and used their parts and pieces to create the ultimate
Spy Gadget Alarm Boxes to help millions of children keep their treasures secure. During the
week, they figured out how to read a note written in invisible ink to find a missing tool, use spy
glasses to catch a toy thief, and discovered that both spies and engineers write in secret codes!
The students were supported by Jaffrey-Rindge teachers and middle school Counselors in Training (CIT's) and high school Leadership Interns!