Invent Now Adds Second Summer Program at GM

Posted on January 28, 2015, in Activities, Events

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It’s time again for students to grab their thinking hats and get ready for a week of creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. The best part? General McLane School District is now offering a second program, aside from the returning, nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program.

In addition to Camp Invention for students in grades 1-6 at Edinboro Elementary School, Invention Project is coming to James W. Parker Middle School for students in grades 6-8. Fifth and sixth graders can do both programs.

Both programs are offered by Invent Now and sponsored by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This weeklong summer program is an opportunity for both elementary and middle school students to reinvent themselves in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Campers will work in teams as they rotate between four fun thematic modules.

“This program is a perfect way to grow the imaginations of our students while doing hands-on, fun, and relevant learning,” said Todd Sturgess, a James W. Parker Middle School teacher and Director of Invention Project. “I’m hoping the students walk away from the program experience with the desire to continue exploring science and technology and using the skills they learned, not just in the classroom, but in their everyday lives.”

The elementary camp, which has returned to Edinboro Elementary for a second year, runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from June 15 through June 19, 2015. Within this year’s Illuminate program, students will have the opportunity to explore marine science through an underwater archaeological challenge, invent a video game, engage in challenges based on design thinking, extending the boundaries and participating in brainstorming and idea selection sessions, design a freestyle racing kart that will withstand water and navigate an obstacle course, and learn from the National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees. Each module brings new challenges to build upon what was learned the previous day.

The middle school camp runs 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from June 8-12, 2015. Current fifth graders are eligible to attend. Invention Project is a new program that is challenges 6th, 7th and 8th graders through simulated experiences. Students will have the opportunity to design and prototype smart gear, engage as a leader, developer or business owner, build and battle mini-bots, create marketing and advertising concepts and learn what it is like to kick start a business and simulate a product launch. This program costs $275.

For both programs, Camp Invention alumni save $35 if registered by Monday, February 16. New participants save $25 if registered by Friday, March 20. If returning participants miss the first deadline, this discount is available.

To register or for more information, visit or or call 800.968.4332.