Camp Invention coming to DACC

Camp Invention coming to DACC

Event for first- to sixth-graders set for Aug. 5 to 9

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College is going nuts — nuts and bolts, that is.

Students could get their hands on them at a new summer enrichment camp called Camp Invention.

The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 5 to 9 at the Mary Miller Complex on DACC's main campus, 2000 E. Main St.

It is open to first- through sixth-graders.

The camp, held in partnership with Invent Now, aims to inspire creativity and inventive thinking in young people through "real world" challenges. This year's curriculum is CREATE.

Activities include:

— Problem-Solving on Planet Zak. After crash-landing on a distant planet, students must use critical-thinking skills to create shelter and clothing, find food and ultimately build a spaceship to blast off for home.

— Saving Sludge City. Students will be called on to help save the pollution-filled Sludge City. They must construct eco-friendly buildings and transportation, decontaminate the city's water and generate "green" solutions.

— Geo-Games. Students must design sporting and game equipment, get wet and go wild as global games are fused with dynamic, high energy activities.

— I Can Invent: Lauchitude. Students put physics to use by taking apart machines and re-engineering them to create a duck-chucking device to destroy competitor territory.

The cost is $220 per person. However, discounts are available with online registration at

Invent Now is a nonprofit organization that partners with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and nationwide schools to provide enrichment that instills creative problem solving and teamwork through hands-on application of science, technology, engineering and math.

In 2012, more than 1,100 school districts and more than 77,000 elementary students nationwide participated in the Camp Invention programs.

For information about Camp Invention, contact DACC's Math/Science Division office at 443-8806.

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