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Camp Invention at Minden Elementary

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Minden Elementary School is once again hosting Camp Invention 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 16-20.

Organized by Invent Now, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring and fostering invention and creativity, Camp Invention is a weeklong summer day program for students entering grades one through six. Created in partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the program engages children to discover their own innate creativity and inventiveness through hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) content.

“Based on feedback from the country’s finest school districts, Camp Invention has earned a reputation as a leader in high-quality summer programming. This has helped the organization grow to a national program serving over 83,000 children,” said Michael J. Oister, chief operating officer for Invent Now. “Parents tell us Camp Invention improves their child’s outlook on learning and increases their child’s interest in using science to solve problems.”

Each day, children rotate through four integrated modules that employ creative thinking to solve real-world challenges. Children learn vital 21st century life skills such as problem solving and teamwork through imaginative play.

In this summer’s envision program, children will experience different modules including inventeureka, action and adventure games, magnetropolis, and I can invent: balloon burst. Children will spend their week visiting a faux island to study magnetism, taking a fantasy adventure on the Ci6000 space modulator time machine, inventing a balloon-bursting machine, and much more. Even if a child has participated in the past, he or she will benefit from brand new adventures throughout the week.

To register a child for these programs or to learn more about Invent Now programming, visit or call (800) 968-4332.

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Since Camp Invention’s inception, the program has grown to include over 1,200 school partnerships in 49 states. In 2011, more than 83,000 children participated nationwide. The United States Patent and Trademark Office continues to support Invent Now’s mission to inspire creativity and inventive thinking in children of all ages.

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