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Camp Invention comes to Columbia this summer

The Camp Invention program is coming to Columbia this summer.

Camp Invention isn’t just your average summer camp. In this exciting program, children are immersed in a weeklong experience where the fun of imaginative play leads them through inquiry– based activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), as well as in history and the arts.

Renowned for the opportunity it extends to elementary– aged children to explore the unknown, tinker with ideas, and satisfy an innate sense of curiosity, the Camp Invention program provides a safe, creative outlet for them to experience extended summer learning taught by familiar local educators. Each day, children rotate through five integrated modules that employ creative thinking to solve real–world challenges.

Working together, they learn vital 21st century life skills such as problem solving and teamwork through hands–on activities designed to be informative and fun.

“We’re getting to the root of innovation by providing motivation to learn, create, and excel—particularly in the critical areas of math and science,” says Michael J. Oister, president of Invent Now Kids. America is currently facing a critical talent gap in these areas known as the international “language” of innovation.

The country’s economic and productive future depends on how well we educate our children and youth. The Camp Invention program strives to meet the need for innovators and inventors by helping children understand that science is everywhere and by fostering “whole system” thinkers.

Since its inception in 1990, the Camp Invention program, the premier program of the nonprofit Invent Now Kids, has grown to include nearly 1,500 sites in 49 states. In 2009, more than 65,000 children participated nationwide.

This summer, Hammond School is hosting the Camp Invention CREATE program June 28–July 20 from 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

For more information, visit www.campinvention. org or call 800-968-4332.

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