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July 18, 2014

Creativity flows

Children create inventions at camp

More than 100 Danville District 118 students put their creativity and hands to work this week to solve real-world problems and create innovative inventions.

Camp Invention, a nationally acclaimed summer enrichment program that is in partnership with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, was offered for the first time to District 118 children who are entering first- through sixth-grade.

The day camp at East Park Elementary School emphasized engineering and entrepreneurialism and inspired creativity and inventive thinking through real-world challenges.

During the weeklong summer adventure in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), children worked together to seek innovative solutions to real-world problems and sharpened critical 21st century learning skills as they rotated through five modules that reinvented summer fun.

The children created and invented outside the box by exploring STEM concepts in a hands-on, safe and fun environment. The camp exposed the youngsters to ideas and practices that will help them succeed later in life.

Camp enrollment was limited to 110 students and from the applications received, 15 children from each of the district’s elementary school buildings were selected to participate in the camp.

The camp was led by five elementary school teachers as well as a dozen Danville High School students who were paid to serve as leadership interns.

One of the teen mentors, Diante Johnson, a Danville High School graduate who will major in education when he attends Illinois State University next month, said the camp was a good experience for him since he wants to become a teacher.

“It’s really exciting. I get a chance to interact with students,” he said. “At first the kids think they can’t do it (project), but then they realized that they can. They’re very inquisitive students.”

Watch one of the students explain his creation

Another teen intern, Damon Burnett, who will be a DHS junior, said, “I feel like I’m teaching. I see a little bit of myself in them (children).”

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