Camp Invention is a nationally-acclaimed Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) summer enrichment program that gives students in grades K-6 an opportunity to prosper as creative thinkers through hands-on, problem-solving activities. The goal of Camp Invention is to promote scientific thinking by collaborating in teams to build prototypes, complete hands-on challenges inspired by real inventors, create new ideas and build confidence in young scientists.
Led by MSD high school science teacher Kamilla Jakubowyc, MSD has hosted Camp Invention for the last five summers on Frederick Campus. During this week-long camp, campers are surrounded by positive role models and strong language models with MSD community members and high school students as camp staff. ASL is the primary language used at camp, giving campers full communication access to information. Each year, the exciting camp attracts approximately 25-30 Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students.
This past summer, the theme of Camp Invention curriculum was "Supercharged" and the four science modules were: Deep Sea Mystery, DIY Orbot, Innovation Force, and Farm Tech. With each of the modules, young scientists were engaged in hands-on activities such as rebuilding ships, designing underwater equipment, collaborating with inventor superheroes, developing code bots to turn a polluted wasteland into a money making machine, and creating devices to save animals.
Great news, Camp Invention will be back at MSD next summer! Elevate, the theme for the Summer of 2020 Camp Invention curriculum, will feature four exciting modules: Flight Lab, Design Thinking Project, Rescue Squad, and Camp Invention Champions. The exact date of Camp Invention at MSD for the Summer of 2020 will be announced soon.
Looking to grow as a young scientist while having fun? Then Camp Invention is for you! To learn more about Camp Invention, visit https://www.invent.org/programs/camp-invention.
For more information about summer camps at MSD, visit www.msd.edu/summercamps/.