Camp Invention sparks creativity and problem solving


STEM camp offers fun and learning through innovation

By Melanie Yingst - myingst@civitasmedia.com



Samantha Williams, 9, a student at St. Patrick, shows off her invention, a “Flying Truck,” at the Camp Invention exhibition on Friday.


TROY — Miami County’s youngest inventors would have any Shark Tank investor ready to buy into their innovation.

Camp Invention wrapped up a successful week of creating, building and out-of-the-box thinking, ending with an Inventor’s Showcase at the St. Patrick Catholic School and its campus.

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) camp is for K-6 students and is part of the National Inventors Hall of Fame organization. This year’s Camp Invention explored various modules such as Duct Tape Billionaire, Mission: Space Makers, Have a Blast and Operation Keep Out.

Preston Smith, 10, a student at St. Patrick, will keep his worldly goods stored in his “Keep Out” alarm box designed out of electronics, which students took apart from various household goods.

“This is my alarm box. When you open it, an alarm will sound unless you put the code in it,” Smith shared. Smith also said he liked other modules he participated in this week. It was Smith’s second year to attend the camp.

“I liked Duct Tape Billionaire, because you got to make a lot of stuff out of duct tape and I got to build my own drum set because I really like drums. You can craft anything out of duct tape, really,” he said.

Samantha Williams, 9, a student at St. Patrick, made a “Flying Truck” and cashed in her invention quickly, selling it for $1 billion.

“A billion dollars in Camp Invention money. My flying truck can drive around, but when you need it to be somewhere fast, it unfolds its wings and can fly,” Williams said. Williams’ Flying Truck also featured working lights, all hand crafted by the little inventor who shared how she enjoyed taking apart electronics and household machines.

“Taking apart was fun because I found all these cool things inside when we opened (a computer) up,” Williams said.

Williams’ sister Abbey also took part in Camp Invention.

“My favorite thing was the rockets. We also built these planets that are exo-planets and we figured out if people could live on them or not,” Abbey shared.

The camp had more than 80 students from Miami County participate. The STEM camp was let by school teachers and is held each year at St. Patrick Catholic School. The camp was led by St. Patrick Catholic School teacher Laura Austerman.

Scholarships are made possible by Camp Invention and the Miami County Foundation.

For more information, visit www.campinvention.org.

Samantha Williams, 9, a student at St. Patrick, shows off her invention, a “Flying Truck,” at the Camp Invention exhibition on Friday.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/06/web1_IMG_0092_cmyk.jpgSamantha Williams, 9, a student at St. Patrick, shows off her invention, a “Flying Truck,” at the Camp Invention exhibition on Friday.
STEM camp offers fun and learning through innovation

By Melanie Yingst

myingst@civitasmedia.com

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