More than 40 budding scientists, entering first through sixth grade, investigated hypotheses, tested theories, adapted their thinking and ultimately unveiled their creations as a part of Chain Lake Elementary School PTA’s 4th annual Camp Invention, a hands-on day camp program designed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Collegiate Inventors Competition.
Camp Invention is a national summer program dedicated to furthering student interest in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math. The non-profit group from Ohio provides the curriculum and many of the supplies. The national group is sponsored by many companies such as Motorola and Ford. Locally, Dr. Richard Chan is a sponsor of the Chain Lake camp.
After registration families are asked to contribute items such as cereal boxes and extra electronics to round out the items needed for the camp.
“The goal of Camp Invention is to promote the love of science,” said Martin. The program allows kids to use their own imagination that starts out with an idea, then evolves and adapts as the inventive process progresses. In designing the projects the elements of science such as testing and recording results are also reinforced.
The camp is open to all children, and while many of the attendees are from local public schools, a few travel to the camp from Kirkland and Mill Creek.