Camp Invention is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization that pays it forward and invests in the future of innovation and STEM. Since 1990, the National Inventors Hall of Fame’s education programs have served over 1 million children and 125,000 educators and interns. Each year, Camp Invention impacts more than 1,300 schools and serves more than 122,000 K–6th graders nationwide. Simply stated, Camp Invention is an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with activities that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Local district educators facilitate the activities and enthusiastic high school students serve as Leadership Interns, ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children. Throughout the week, children rotate through various modules that encourage them to work together, seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century skills.
The U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program, through partnership with the U.S. Army Engineering, Research and Development Center, established the Camp Invention Initiative to prepare underserved students at the elementary school level to be competitive for STEM studies and the AEOP pipeline of STEM opportunities. This program enhances a child’s ability to learn through teamwork, project-based learning, and subject matter immersion while cultivating an appreciation for discovery. AEOP ensures opportunity and access for those underserved and underrepresented in STEM; some sites offer individual scholarships, and some sites are fully funded.
2017 AEOP SPONSORED LOCATIONS
|Alabama||Owens Cross Roads Elementary School
Rucker Boulevard Elementary School
|Illinois||Booker T. Washington STEM Academy
Edison Elementary School
Martin Luther King Elementary School
|Maryland||Aberdeen High School
Hyattsville Elementary School
Riverdale Elementary School
Whittier Elementary School
Montgomery County – TBD
|Massachusetts||Miriam McCarthy Elementary School||July 24-28|
|Mississippi||Beechwood Elementary School
Bowmar Magnet School
Dana Road/Vicksburg Intermediate
Warrenton Elementary School
|May 30 – June 2
|New Mexico||Booker T. Washington Elementary School||June 12-16|
|Texas||Brooks Academy of Science and Engineering
Harmony School of Innovation
The AEOP grants support need-based stipends at Army sponsored Camp Invention program sites. Families wishing to apply for a stipend must contact Hazel Anderson, Handerson@invent.org.
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