In one classroom junior scientists explored static electricity, circuits and ways to power motors. Across the hallway in a different classroom named Edison’s Workshop, students brought in old household items to take apart and construct a multi-step machine. In another classroom, children are experimenting with the mathematical properties of soap bubbles and created their own bubble wands.
This was all part of the week-long Camp Invention held last week at Horace Mann Elementary School which I had the pleasure of working at. Each day, children rotated through five classes that asked them to use creative thinking and problem-solving skills to solve real-world challenges. The summer enrichment camp, a program of Invent Now, is open to children entering first through sixth grades.
The camp encourages the children to take the skills they learned at Camp Invention and continue using them at school and at home. The camp shows kids they can have a lot of fun, but also learn something, too.