OTTAWA: Camp Invention™, an innovative nonprofit summer enrichment camp program, is changing its in-person program in Ontario to an all-new, at home edition called Camp Invention Connect™.
Camp Invention Connect reaches far beyond what families have come to expect from “virtual learning” — balancing active, independent hands-on exploration with opportunities for socialization from home.
A hybrid program featuring both offline activities and optional online sessions, Camp Invention Connect enables hands-on exploration by delivering a set of four activity kits, full of exciting materials, directly to each participant. These themed kits, based on Camp Invention’s 2020 Elevate curriculum, are packed with materials that bring imagination,
creative problem solving and fun to children’s living rooms.
For young innovators choosing the Camp Invention Connect experience, they will:
• Enjoy indoor and outdoor challenges that minimize screen time and maximize creativity;
• Build confidence as they collaborate virtually with friends to complete exciting challenges;
• Receive real-time coaching and collaboration with Ontario educators;
• See that even in an at-home environment, inspiration and hands-on creativity can thrive.
Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, will be welcoming participants to Camp Invention Connect with an inspiring video message about the importance of the invention process and its relationship with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The Minister also will be discussing Canadian inventions that have changed the world and encourage young inventors to continue to build a nation of innovators.
”Camp Invention Connect provides a unique alternative for Ontario parents seeking fun and engaging hands-on activities for their children this summer,” said Shelley Jones, vice president of National Inventors Hall of Fame (Canada).
“Participants are introduced to the invention process through inspiring stories from the world’s most famous inventors, including Canadians such as Yvonne Brill, an innovator in rocket propulsion systems; and C. Donald Bateman, inventor of the Ground Proximity Warning System, a technology that dramatically improved aircraft safety.”
Camp Invention Connect includes activities for everyone. In Camp Invention Flight Lab™, participants receive their very own robot and learn about the principles of flight. Sports fans who might be missing hockey camp this summer will combine STEM and sports in Camp Invention Champions™ while learning about innovators such as Frank J. Zamboni, inventor of the Ice Rink Resurfacing Machine.
Other activities include Design Thinking Project™ for creators and future entrepreneurs, while in Rescue Squad™ campers will learn how to protect the Earth’s ecosystems.
Camp Invention Connect will be available to students throughout Ontario on the following dates featuring local educators:
July 20-24 – Ontario-wide and in Mississauga;
July 27-31 – Ottawa;
Aug. 10-14 – Ottawa;
Aug. 17-21 – Ontario-wide and in Mississauga
For more information or to register for the program, visit https://www.invent.org/canada/camp-invention-connect or on social media at #CampInvention.
Using hands-on activities, Camp Invention promotes STEM learning; builds confidence, leadership, perseverance, resourcefulness and problem-solving skills; and encourages entrepreneurship — in a fun and engaging environment. In the unprecedented times we’re all experiencing, these lessons are even more valuable. Camp Invention was first introduced in Canada last summer with programs in Ontario. Camp Invention is the only recognized summer program in the U.S. focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention.