Camp Invention 2017

August 08, 2017

In partnership with Invent Now, the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center was again pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to 120 children this summer. 

We were thrilled to offer Camp Invention to CSRA students for the 13th year. The hands-on curriculum helps to further insert curiosity into a child’s everyday lifestyle. As the need for skilled STEM professionals increases, we believe we are setting our students up for success by offering programs like Camp Invention. 

Camp Invention provides an opportunity for inventive young minds to exercise their creativity and use their imagination in ways they don’t normally get to in the classroom. Program participants do not realize they are learning and developing new skills as they build prototypes, take things apart, explore different types of technology and so much more. 

This year’s fresh, action-packed Camp Invention curriculum featured several hands-on modules:

  • Duct Tape Billionaire™: Campers designed duct tape products they could market and sell to mock investors;
  • Have a Blast™:  Children built high-tech Bubble Blasters and competed as a team in friendly air battles that used physics to boost their advantage;
  • Mission Space Makers™: 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 Out™:  Campers learned to reverse engineer old machines and devices, and used their parts to create the ultimate Spy Gadget Alarm Box.

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

Local educators facilitated the program modules, and enthusiastic high school and college students served as Leadership Interns, ensuring that one staff member was in place for every five children.

USC Aiken, a comprehensive university in the University of South Carolina system, offers undergraduate and master’s degrees to more than 3,500 students in 50 programs of study. USC Aiken is ranked the #1 public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s guide "America’s Best Colleges." The 2017 distinction marks USC Aiken’s 19th consecutive ranking among the top three in this category and its 12th time in first place.