Camp Invention coming to Anoka

Invent Now, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and fostering invention and creativity, will bring its Camp Invention summer program to Anoka Middle School for the Arts-Fred Moore Campus for 2013.

Camp Invention is a week-long summer day program for children entering grades one through six, created in partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

For a fifth year, Anoka Hennepin District 11 Community Education is hosting Camp Invention during the week of June 17-21.

This year’s Camp Invention program is GeoQuest, which features the I Can Invent: Launchitude module, where children combine physics and re-engineered household items to create the ultimate duck chucking device.

Each day children rotate through integrated modules that employ creative thinking to solve real-world challenges.

Children learn vital life skills such as problem solving and teamwork through imaginative play.

The Camp Invention program engages children to discover their own innate creativity and inventiveness through hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) content, according to Susan Clarke, regional consultant.

“Based on feedback from the country’s finest school districts, Camp Invention has earned a reputation as a leader in high-quality summer programming. This has helped the organization grow to a national program serving over 77,000 children,” said Michael J. Oister, chief operating officer for Invent Now.

“Parents tell us Camp Invention improves their child’s outlook on learning and increases their child’s interest in using science to solve problems.”

Even if a child has participated in Camp Invention in the past, he or she will benefit from brand new adventures throughout the week, Oister said.

To register a child for these programs or to learn more about Invent Now programming, visit www.campinvention.org or call 800-968-4332.

Since Camp Invention’s inception, the program has grown to include over 1,200 school partnerships in 49 states.

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