For more than 30 years, the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) has inspired millions of children through our flagship summer program, Camp Invention.® This weeklong program is led by certified local educators and guides curious kids in grades K-6 to build the mindset of an innovator.
Each year, our education team works together with world-changing inventors (our NIHF Inductees) to create brand-new STEM experiences that offer creative, hands-on fun and learning.
When children join our 2022 program, Explore, they’ll build confidence and friendships as they collaborate to take on four exciting challenges, designing and constructing their own inventions to solve real-world problems.
Diving into ocean research, children adopt their own aquatic animal! They make design choices to personalize a mini tank for their animal, complete with a symbiotic best friend and their own patented aquatic plant. After developing a water-inspired invention and a creative pitch that will hook investors at the fish market, campers can take their aquatic friend home in their tank!
In an expedition inspired by real space exploration, children stretch their imaginations when they visit distant planets and moons. To help them complete gravity-defying challenges and observe erupting ice volcanoes, campers create Spacepacks and Astro-Arm devices. They mine an asteroid and collect data on how animals can hatch and grow in space before they return to Earth!
NIHF’s The Attic™
Through this immersive, artistic experience, children discover the power of their own creativity. As they find out how inventions have changed the way people create, campers experiment with materials science, chemistry and art, and they learn how to manage emotions that can come with the creative process. They even build their own robotic artist to help them make spin art masterpieces!
By designing, building and testing their own mega marble arcade, campers explore physics, engineering and gaming. Using scientific principles like potential and kinetic energy, they roll gaming spheres through their arcade at different speeds. Then they collaborate with friends and use creative problem-solving skills to level up their designs by adding slides, loops, twists and turns!
Spots are filling up fast, so visit invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to learn more and secure your summer camp plans today!