Nationally Recognized Summer STEM Program Coming to Ruth Patrick Science Education Center @ USC Aiken

March 14, 2017

Aiken, SC- March 10, 2017-- Camp Invention, a nationally recognized, nonprofit summer enrichment camp program, is coming to the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center @ USC Aiken the week of June 12-16, 2017

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. What makes this camp truly unique is that the curriculum is inspired by some of our nation’s most brilliant minds — the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

For students entering kindergarten through sixth grade, Camp Invention is a weeklong adventure that turns the summer from ordinary to extraordinary through hands-on problem solving, collaboration, and the use of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Inventive young minds can exercise their creativity and use their imagination, all while learning and developing new skills they typically don’t get to use in the classroom. Children are empowered to have big ideas while they take on challenges that inspire them to question, brainstorm, work as a team and build amazing invention prototypes.

“Parents should send their children to Camp Invention because it encourages children to think, solve and create!” said John Hutchens., Ruth Patrick Science Education Center’s Director of Special Programs. “Teamwork is encouraged while individual strengths are fostered. Children will gain a deeper love for science and engineering, confidence to try new and innovative ideas, make new friendships, and learn new science vocabulary and concepts.”

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

  • Duct Tape Billionaire™: Campers design duct tape products they can market and sell to mock investors;
  • Have a Blast™:  Children build high-tech Bubble Blasters and compete as a team in friendly air battles that use physics to boost their advantage;
  • Mission Space Makers™: Teams hatch eggs, sprout living plants and grow crystal trees, all while on a mission to locate and prepare a new planet for human habitation; and
  • Operation Keep Out™:  Campers learn to reverse engineer old machines and devices, and use their parts to create the ultimate Spy Gadget Alarm Box.

Learn more about this year’s all-new curriculum by visiting: http://campinvention.org/inspire/camp-invention-k-6th/2017-program/

All local Camp Invention programs are facilitated and taught by certified educators who reside and teach in the community. Camp Invention serves more than 130,000 students every year and partners with more than 1,400 schools and districts across the nation. For additional information, visit www.campinvention.org.

About Camp Invention:

Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. Through hands-on programming, Camp Invention encourages children entering kindergarten through sixth grade to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum inspired by some of the world's great inventors. Camp Invention is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

About the National Inventors Hall of Fame:

The National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) is the premier nonprofit organization in America dedicated to recognizing inventors and invention, promoting creativity, and advancing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. Founded in 1973 in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, NIHF is committed not only to honoring the individuals whose inventions have made the world a better place, but also to ensure American ingenuity continues to thrive in the hands of coming generations through its national, hands-on educational programming and challenging collegiate competitions focused on the exploration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. NIHF has served more than 1.25 million children and 125,000 educators and interns, and awarded more than $1 million to college students for their innovative work and scientific achievement through the help of its sponsors.



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.