Camp Invention for students coming to Shelton this summer

Camp Invention is coming to Shelton Intermediate School during the week of July 20-24.

The week-long day camp for students entering grades one through six “fosters innovation and creativity while also building self-esteem, teamwork, persistence and goal-setting skills,” according to publicity material.

Camp Invention encourages young minds through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in a fun and creative atmosphere, while incorporating outdoor activities as part of the curriculum. It is facilitated and taught by local educators.

'Molding inventors'

Students participate in real-world problem-solving challenges, they build things, take things apart, and explore different types of technology .

“We are molding inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs and instilling creative problem-solving,” said Nancy Lenihan, a Camp Invention director.

This year's curriculum

This year’s Camp Invention curriculum, called “Illuminate,” will encourage children to explore their inventiveness by investigating circuits and taking on a nature-inspired design challenge.

They will build a prototype from scratch and explore math from a new angle when they create origami flight models during team-building exercises.

The enrichment program is supported by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Camp Invention serves over 87,000 students annually through more than 1,300 camps across the nation. For information go to