In partnership with Invent Now, Solon City Schools offered the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades one through six at Parkside Elementary School . This exciting, week-long summer adventure in creativity immersed children in imaginative play that reinforced and supplemented school-year learning in the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Children worked together to seek innovative solutions to real-world problems and sharpened critical 21st century learning skills such as teamwork and creative problem solving as they rotated through four modules each day that disguise learning as fun. This exciting week of four fun-filled modules began on June 22, under the direction of Dr. Bryan R. Drost.
In the Inventeureka™ module, children ventured on the Ci6000 Space Modulator Time Machine for a fantasy adventure. Children built their own inventions and learned to adapt certain features for various situations.
Participants spent their time navigating an island via upcycled ships and learned the power of combining magnetism and electricity during the Magnetropolis™ module.
In the I Can Invent: Balloon Burst™ module, children designed balloon bursting machines, while learning the importance of gears, motors, springs, and magnets.
Finally, in the Action and Adventure Games™ module, a participant favorite, children combined physical activity and creativity to manipulate the rules of fun, energetic games.
Children used many recyclable items such as bottle caps, bubble wrap, foam trays, plastic tubing, shoe boxes, water bottles, buttons, cereal boxes, foam trays, containers, lids in their projects.
Local educators Mrs. Renee Illa, Mrs. Laura DiBarto, Mrs. Susan Kenzig, Mrs. Wendy Houlahan, Ms. Becca Weinfurtner facilitated the program modules. High school counselors Lauren Kirian, Thai McLoughlin, Molly Houlahan and Kyra Douglas and volunteers Stephanie Kenzig, Chris Kenzig, Andy DiBarto and Sarah Vale provided assistance ensuring that one staff member was in place for every eight children.