An innovative workshop for young inventors stretching their minds took place when St Joseph Catholic School hosted Camp Invention. The camp encourages children to engage in creative problem solving and invent items using upcycled material.
74 students created their own inventions, learned about senses, and designed environmentally friendly vehicles, just to name a few of the varied projects.
“It’s been making lots of crazy things,” said Hayden Wallace, age 12. “They might be helpful or for entertainment.”
Wallace said his favorite part was the design studio, where students were allowed to pick a problem or need and find a way to solve it.
“You can just build whatever you want,” Wallace said. “I’ve made crossbows and bows.”
Wallace said this free exploration helps children find interests and possibly a career.
“I want to work for NERF,” he said. “We can figure out what our futures will be and have a good life.”
Lauren Dolezal, 8, and Emma Kate Stein, 9, made pools powered by ice and fire. Stein said she got the idea after thinking of her own interests.
“I like to go to the pool, but those have been invented, so I made an ice-powered pool and one with fire and a grill,” Stein said.
Dolezal helped Stein gather materials and build models of what the pools might look like.
“It took a lot of work. I like that,” Stein said. “That makes it better.”
Cheyenne Grant, 11, said she enjoyed building the pinball machines with two or three other participants. Teams took apart old electronics to find parts to use in their machines.
“You get to create your own idea,” she said. “There’s some instructions, just a few things you have to have. I’ve always liked just making things. It’s fun, and it gives a chance for kids like us to be inspired.”