Monday, February 8, 2016

Camp Invention, summer program fostering creativity and problem-solving, returning to UIS

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield will host 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. 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.

WHEN: June 20-24, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Campus (Founders & University Hall)

DETAILS: 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. 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, and explore different types of technology.

This year’s Camp Invention curriculum is called Epic™ and was inspired by some of our 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.

Parents are asked to register their children by March 21, 2016 using the online form at www.campinvention.org. UIS employees may use the promo code "HOST" for a $30 discount.

The Springfield program will be led by Harshavardhan Bapat, UIS associate professor of chemistry. For more information on Camp Invention, contact Bapat at 217/206-7744 or hbapa1@uis.edu.
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