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Camp Invention program kicks off in Southern Crescent

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Seth Youmans (center) and other student campers create bubbles as part of a "global games" module activity, during last year's Camp Invention at Dutchtown Elementary School in Hampton.

Special Photo Seth Youmans (center) and other student campers create bubbles as part of a "global games" module activity, during last year's Camp Invention at Dutchtown Elementary School in Hampton.

Registration is ongoing for the Ohio-based Camp Invention Program, which will be held at two Henry County sites this summer.

Dozens of area students will have the opportunity to put their creative minds to the test during the camps' interactive lessons in math and science, according to Janet Youmans, one of the local camp directors.

The Camp Invention Program is geared toward children entering grades one through six, to engage them in hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), as well as history and the arts, added Youmans.

The camp director said she is also the media specialist at Dutchtown Elementary School in Hampton. She plans to lead the program's Camp Create, at Rock Spring Elementary School in McDonough. The first-year camp will be held June 13-16, from 8 a.m., until 4 p.m.

Youmans said her colleague Lorraine Wimberly, a fourth grade teacher at Dutchtown, will direct the program's Camp Spark at Duchtown. The camp — to be held June 6-10, from 8 a.m., until 4 p.m. — will be the sixth such camp to be held at Dutchtown.

She said activities at Rock Spring's Camp Create will culminate with a student showcase on Thursday, June 16, where the students will get to show their parents everything they have created at Camp that week.

Each day, student day-campers rotate through five integrated modules that employ creative thinking to solve real-world challenges, said Youmans, adding that youth will learn modern-day life skills in problem-solving and teamwork. She said day-campers will take part in lessons on the physics of roller coasters and learn eco-friendly ways to be less wasteful with energy and materials.

"We are focused on the STEM subject areas that will help the United States address a critical shortage of scientists and engineers in the global workforce of the 21st Century," stated Invent Now, Inc., Chief Operating Officer Michael Oister, in a written statement.

"Our programs nurture creative thinking in children, providing them with open-ended opportunities to explore ideas, make mistakes, and reinvent solutions," Oister continued.

The camps, added Youmans, are open to all students throughout the Southern Crescent.

Twenty-seven spots are currently filled for Camp Create at Rock Spring, she said, noting there are up to 110 slots available for each camp.

Youmans said camp tuition is $215. For those who register the end of May with a friend, and at the same time as the friend, each camper will get $25 off camp costs. Alumni discounts are also available.

The camp director said registration for Camp Spark at Dutchtown will continue through June 6, and registration for Camp Create at Rock Spring will continue through June 13. To register, visit the web site at www.campinvention.org, or call 1-800-968-4332.