Imaginations Soar at Camp Invention

Imaginations Soar at Camp Invention
Shawnee Mission School District

From designing robotic aquatics to creating a spacecation, this summer Shawnee Mission students put their innovative skills into practice at Camp Invention. Click here to view a video

A weeklong summer camp, Camp Invention provided opportunities for open-ended exploration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for students in first through sixth grade. 

“The first time I came here was a blast,” shared Aaliyah Williams, first-grader at John Diemer Elementary. “I love Camp Invention!”

Camp Invention’s theme was centered around exploration, encouraging students to become both problem finders and problem solvers. Students used their imagination and creativity to investigate STEM concepts through project-based learning.

“It really involves hands-on inventing and thinking outside of the box,” shared Alicia Anderson, administrative intern. “Students use the 21st century skills of collaboration, creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and applying them to solve challenges presented throughout the curriculum.”

During the week, students designed an aquarium for an aquatic robotic jellyfish, made space packs, and built and tested a mega marble arcade. A student favorite activity was building arty-bots, a robot that creates spin-art, shared Sarah Heitmeyer, Trailwood Elementary teacher. 

“It’s a super cool summer opportunity for our kids. They get a lot of time to innovate, to explore and to create,” explained Heitmeyer. Students also learned about real-world inventors who have been recently inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. 

In addition to inspiring a love of learning and interest in STEM subjects, Anderson believes students learned skills that will help them in school and in life.  

“I hope students take away the fact that they can persevere,” said Anderson. “They can overcome challenges, they can develop grit and determination to be lifelong learners and apply these skills in their classrooms and life in general.”