Summer Camps: Camp Invention connects children to science, inventors


During last year’s Camp Invention’s Mission Space Makers™ module, children experience the power of rocket science by building and launching rubber band rockets. (Submitted photo)

By Heather Collins

Camp Invention, a program by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, will offer week-long sessions for kids beginning in June.

“Camp Invention connects children to inventors who changed the world, and enhances the scientific knowledge base of participants,” said Ashley Miller, media coordinator at the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame. “The program hooks children and gives them high-energy, hands-on, innovative fun, while presenting them with challenges that emphasize STEM, collaboration, and entrepreneurship through innovation.”

This year, Camp Invention will host its newest program, Launch. The Launch Program will feature four science-based modules. Module 1, Duct Tape Billionaire, helps students explore patents, launch a business a present their products to mock investors. Module 2, Mission Space Makers, takes children on a quest to locate and prepare a new plant for human habitations, while designing inventions to transform the atmosphere, terrain and ecosystem of an exoplanet. Module 3, Have a Blast, is a physics challenge utilizing Bubble Blasters, snowball throwers and a giant air cannon. Module 4, Operation Keep Out, helps children create the ultimate spy gadget alarm box.

“Every year the fresh content inspires children to explore, have big ideas and make new innovations,” Miller said.

The camp is offered at various locations with programs being held at St. Louis De Monfort School, Noble Crossing Elementary, St. Theodore Guerin Catholic High School and Zionsville Community School’s Freshmen Center.

Sessions costs and dates vary based on location. New locations are added weekly. Discounts are available. For information or to register, visit

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