Camp Invention this summer in Shelton will turn kids on to science

The Camp Invention summer program will return to Shelton in 2013. The camp is a week-long summer day program for children entering grades one through six, created in partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The goal is to allow children to discover their own innate creativity and inventiveness through hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities.

Camp Invention, offered through the nonprofit Invent Now Inc., will take place from July 22-26 at Perry Hill School. To register a child or to learn more about the camp, go to or call 800-968-4332.

Make a 'duck chucking device'

This year’s program will be “Geo-Quest,” which features the “I Can Invent: Launchitude” module. Children will combine physics and re-engineered household items to create the ultimate duck chucking device.

Each day the participating youngsters will rotate through integrated sessions that use creative thinking to solve real-world challenges. Children will learn skills such as problem solving and teamwork through imaginative play.

Invent Now officials said even if a child has participated in Camp Invention in the past, he or she will benefit from new adventures throughout the week.

Encouraging interest in science

Michael J. Oister, chief operating officer for Invent Now, said the camp helps foster youngsters’ interest in science and related fields.

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

Camp Invention has grown to now include more than 1,200 school partnerships in 49 states. In 2012, more than 77,000 children participated. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office continues to support Invent Now’s mission to inspire creativity and inventive thinking in children of all ages.