For the 8th straight year, Ganns Middle Valley Elementary is hosting Camp Invention, a STEM-based week-long learning activity.  Hands-on activities and teamwork are taught throughout the week, according to teacher Jennifer Rodgers. 

Students from 19 area schools, as well as home-schooled students give the program rave reviews.  Josh Grubbs said, "You get to learn about cars, it's much more exciting than regular school."  His thoughts were echoed by Clay Hale, who said, "We get to make flying cars, and even pin bug pinball machines.  The teachers are great!" 

At the end of the camp, students receive patents for their work, as well as individual and team awards.  Some of the students have attended every year they've been eligible, and they hope similar summer programs will be available when they reach middle school.  Here is more information, provided by InventNow.

"Camp Invention is proud to inspire and challenge our next generation of innovators through this nationally acclaimed educational program," said Michael Oister, CEO of Invent Now, the organization responsible for organizing more than 1,200 Camp Invention day camps throughout the U.S. serving 80,000 students every year.

"During the past 20 years, we have helped to ignite a passion for creativity and invention in more than 900,000 children while leaving them with great camp memories and lifelong

Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. Through hands-on programming, Camp Invention encourages children in grades one through six to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum inspired by some the world's great inventors.