For the fifth year, East Georgia State College hosted the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention Program for 50 third through fifth grade students. Camp Invention is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame®, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing inventors and invention, promoting creativity and advancing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. Held at the Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center, this exciting week-long adventure turned summer from ordinary to extraordinary through hands-on problem solving, collaboration and the use of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
This year’s fresh, action-packed Camp Invention curriculum featured several hands-on modules: Duct Tape BillionaireTM, where campers designed duct tape products they marketed and sold to mock investors; Have a BlastTM, where children built high-tech Bubble Blasters and competed as a team in friendly air battles that used physics to boost their advantage; Mission Space MakersTM, where teams hatched eggs, sprouted living plants and grew crystal trees, all while on a mission to locate and prepare a new planet for human habitation; and Operation Keep OutTM, where campers took apart old machines and devices and used their parts to create the ultimate Spy Gadget Alarm Box.
Local educators Macy Fagler, Mary Pate Gay and Erin Youmans served as camp instructors. EGSC sophomore Sam’mya Anderson, EGSC junior Taylor Culp, and EGSC Alum and GSU senior Malanie Jackson served as Leadership Interns.
The exciting week concluded Friday with an Inventors Showcase for campers, their parents, and other guests.
Camp Invention is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame®. The Nordson Corporation and Mill Creek Foundation provided full camp scholarships for participants.