NORTH CANTON Walking into Hoover High School last week, it was difficult to tell that school was out for the summer. Over 50 children were enjoying learning about the different ways to use duct tape, building sustainable new planets, building an alarm for a treasure box and having a bubble blast time making and testing bubble blasters.
The students, kindergarteners through sixth graders, were participating in Camp Invention, a National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) program. It’s a program that is meant to encourage participants to think of new ideas and become future inventors. North Canton City Schools district have been hosting the weeklong program for the past 10 years.
"The program offers four different sessions each day and the kids rotate between the sessions," said Brenda Triner, a fourth-grade science and math teacher with the district who also coordinates Camp Invention every year. "We started hosting the program as a gifted enrichment program and it has grown so much over the years that we get kids from all over the county. The teachers are all K12 teachers and the class helpers are seventh, eighth and ninth grade students."
Triner said the program provides fun and exciting science programming that builds critical thinking, working as a team and hearing and sharing other’s ideas. The four sessions offered every day were Duct Tape Billionaire, Mission Space Makers, Operation Keep Out and Have a Blast.
In Duct Tape Billionaire, students worked on making unique items out of duct tape while learning entrepreneurship and product production. Mission Space Makers spent time making a new planet and transform it for future space tourists and dwellers and had to consider critical factors such as water supply and crop growth.
Operation Keep Out involves building a Spy Gadget Alarm Box, while Have a Blast had the students working with aerodynamic water rockets and bubble blasters.
In a published statement, NIHF CEO Michael Oister said, "Our programs boost STEM confidence in children as they learn and develop new skills to build on what they learn in classrooms. Camp Invention’s hands-on activities encourage curiosity and collaboration."
The National Inventors Hall of Fame was founded in 1973 in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is a Smithsonian affiliate. In addition to the Camp Invention programming, NIHF offers a variety of programs for different ages including Invention Playground for preschoolers, Club Invention for first through sixth graders, Invention Project for sixth through ninth, Counselor-in-Training for seventh through ninth and Leadership Intern for high school and college students.
"The program offers a great week of learner while having fun. The kids don’t have to worry about grades or taking a test. It’s just a great time to explore," Triner said.
The National Inventors Hall of Fame is located at 3701 Highland Park NW in North Canton. Find out more at invent.org.