Camp gives inventors’ ideas chance to grow from ‘STEM’

EDISON — Creative young minds in Middlesex County will get a chance to flourish this summer at Camp Invention.

“We are molding inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs, and instilling creative problemsolving, which sets this camp apart from the rest,” said Nancy Lenihan, director of the camp in Sumner, Washington.

The summer enrichment camp program, supported by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and National Inventors Hall of Fame, will come to J.P. Stevens High School on July 20.

The camp will also be hosted at Riley Elementary School in South Plainfield on July 20.

The weeklong day camp for first-through sixth-grade students aims to foster innovation and creativity while also building self-esteem, teamwork, persistence and goal-setting skills.

Along with incorporating science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills in a fun and creative atmosphere, Camp Invention incorporates outdoor activities as part of its curriculum, according to camp representatives.

Camp Invention students experience the success of completing challenging projects, along with the excitement that comes with competing against their peers.

This year’s Camp Invention curriculum is called “Illuminate,” and was inspired by experienced educators, inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and members of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. “Illuminate” will encourage children to explore their inventiveness in a design studio module, investigating circuits and taking on a nature-inspired design challenge.

As they dream, build and make discoveries, children will have a chance to build a prototype from scratch and explore math from a new angle when they create origami flight models during team-building exercises.

Local programs are facilitated and taught by educators who reside and teach in the community. Camp Invention serves more than 87,000 students every year through more than 1,300 camps across the nation. For more information or to find the nearest location for registration, visit