OTTUMWA—It’s not too late for students to sign-up to attend Camp Invention next week.
The camp starts Monday, July 31 and runs through August 4 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Advanced Technology Center on the Indian Hills campus. Openings are still available. Students may register on Monday prior to the start of camp. Cost is $250 per student and students need to bring a sack lunch.
Ottumwa TAG teacher, Breanna Hinmon, is director of Ottumwa’s Camp Invention. The camp has a strong STEM focus with a different theme each year. This year the theme is “Launch.” Students will experience four different modules throughout the week, including Duck Tape Billionaire (entrepreneurship), Operation Keep Out (building an alarmed box from electronic items from home), Mission Spacemakers (exploring space, planets, etc.), and Have a Blast (learn about kinetic energy and the design process through Bubble Blasters, rocket launchers, air canons, etc.).
The camp also provides leadership opportunities for middle and high school students. Five Ottumwa students in grades 7-9 will serve as counselors in training (CIT). These students are partnered with seven high school students who serve as leadership interns. The students assist teachers and students as they work through the different modules.
This is the first time the camp has been offered in Ottumwa. Camp staff includes Hinmon and two veteran, certified teachers. Thirteen camps were offered in Iowa, with over 100,000 kids participating nationwide. Scholarships were made possible through a donation from John Deere Ottumwa Works.
“The camp provides a lot of hands on activities related to STEM and the design process,” said Hinmon. “The camp incorporates entrepreneurship, creativity, imagination, and team building to solve real world problems. Participants will make new friends and learn creative problem-solving skills that they will carry with them.”