Spots still remain for Camp Invention

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Openings still remain for Camp Invention, which will be held at Sauk Trail for the third consecutive summer, this time from July 11-15, camp director and District elementary teacher Kristin Pavelec said.

Is your child interested in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics? Are they looking for something to do this summer? Then Camp Invention may be the perfect solution, Pavelec said.

This year campers will spend time on Crickobot-creating robotic crickets, Epic Park- designing an eco-friendly park complete with simple machines to enlist green energy ideals, Maker-Studio- creating their own inventions, and The Lab- planning and destroying structures and chemistry experiments, she said.

Check out this 40-second video on Crickobot module and the Epic Program.

The camp runs from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. all five days. The camp is open to students in grades 1-6. The camp costs $230. Register by May 10 and receive a $15 discount.

There are also opportunities for students in grades 7-9 to participate as counselors-in-training and for students in grades 10-12 to serve as leadership interns. There is a limited number of spots avialable for both positions, she said. CITs must sign up through the website as there is a cost involved.

"Both offer great opportunities to grow skills as leaders, work with a variety of students, and be a part of a great learning opportunity for all,'' Pavelec said.

To learn more about CIT positions, please check out this form.

More than 140 campers participated last year, which was an increase of more than 25 students over the first year, said Pavelec, who is in her third year as the camp director. She said it was one of the largest camps in the state.

"We're excited to see the camp grow even more this year,'' she said.

An Inventor's Showcase will be held at the end of the week where parents are invited to visit the camp and see all of the work their children have done during the week, Pavelec said.

Meanwhile, Ely Hernandez Chavez was the winner of a raffle at Sauk Trail for a free camper spot.

"It is great that we have so many people both in and out of our District identifying the benefits of this camp: challenging our children to be independent, creative thinkers both individually and as groups,'' Pavelec said. "I can't wait to see what the kids come up with this year. Their ideas always amaze me."

Flyers are available at each of the elementary and middle schools along with on the District website's Community Announcements page.

Camp Invention is where big ideas become the next big thing! Local educators lead the week of hands-on activities created especially for younger children. Boys and girls spend time pushing the limits during high-energy games, working with teammates to construct a freestyle racing cart and taking apart electronics to assemble something one-of-a-kind. Lessons explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. For information, call 1-800-968-4332 or visit the Camp Invention website.