Camp Invention inspires young scientists
by Harley Strickland, East Georgia State College | July 17, 2018 9:51 am
Last Updated: July 16, 2018 at 4:52 pm
More than 50 elementary students recently experienced the magic of invention at the Sudie Fulford Community Learning Center at East Georgia State College. In its sixth year at the Center, Camp Invention is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame®. During the week-long experience, students participated in hands-on problem solving, collaboration, and the use of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The camp curriculum is inspired by some of the nation’s greatest inventors. This year, campers participated in a variety of hands-on modules. Each day of the five-day camp focused on a unique project. Campers learned about the science behind driverless cars as they designed tracks for self-driving robots and explored impact sensors using crash test dummies. In the Robotic Pet Vet module, students discovered the anatomy of dogs while customizing their own robotic dog. Dog parks featuring amazing park attractions were also designed by students. Campers created and built their very own futuristic smart home filled with gadgets, LEDs, technology and innovations in the Mod My Mini Mansion module.
The exciting week concluded with an Inventors Showcase where campers displayed all their creations for parents and other guests.
Swainsboro Primary School teacher Macy Fagler, EGSC instructor Darlene Dickens and Magnolia Midlands Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center Coordinator Erin Youmans, served as camp instructors. EGSC graduates Taylor Culp and Malanie Jackson and Darlene Jordan, MMGYSTC Teacher Assistant, served as Leadership Interns.
The Nordson Corporation and Mill Creek Foundation provided full camp scholarships for the participants.