Camp Invention organizers say they’re all about big ideas. This summer, those ideas and much more will be returning to Smith Middle School as the Vandalia-Butler City Schools offer Camp Invention to students in first through sixth grade June 13-17.
Members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame created the educational opportunity to help students focus on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention.
Sixth grader Dani Holop will be a counselor in training this summer. She’s attended Camp Invention since she was in the first grade.
“My best memory is when I was in a small group and we worked together to create an invention out of the recyclable materials to move a water balloon from one point to another point, and popping it at the end. I was able to invent something with my group and be creative with it,” Holop said.
Anne Kragick, another sixth grader serving as a CIT, attended camp for three years and is looking forward to going back in a leadership role.
“I am excited to be a Counselor in Training this year because I want to go back and help with the stuff I had fun doing,” Kragick said.
Morton Middle School gifted specialist Jennifer Strehle and Smith Middle School math and science teacher Heather Hunter are organizing the week-long camp. Strehle says she’s excited about bringing back this educational experience to the district.
“During the week, students will participate in hands on STEM activities. Students will be inspired to be curious and try new things. The week is about exploration, enriching the mind and working together,” Strehle said.
The camp runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day and costs $220. To register, go to campinvention.org.