Area youngsters still have plenty of time to register for Camp Invention, a hands-on learning experience that will be held at the Crowder College Cassville Center in Cassville July 28 through Aug. 1.
"We have 30 kids registered right now," said Angela Seymour, Cassville Center director. "We are asking parents to bring their registrations to the college. They will be able to register up to the first morning, but we are asking new registrants to be at the college by 8 a.m."
Camp Invention will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, July 28. The program will start at 9 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. Classes will be dismissed at 3:30 p.m. each day.
"We have received additional scholarship monies that allow us to bring the program's cost down to $40 per student," said Seymour. "We will also give a break to families with three or more kids."
The overall goal of Camp Invention is to teach children to think, invent and explore new ideas. This year, creative thinking will be promoted through five different activities.
"During Saving Sludge City students will learn to create clean landfills and vehicles that do not pollute the environment," said Seymour. "During Art Park they will create animal totem poles and develop ideas to promote green messages."
Other activities include a mock three-year Mars exploration mission and recess remix, an activity that gives kids the opportunity to play old games in new ways.
"They will also participate in I Can Invent activities, which are individual projects," said Seymour. "They will each bring in something that they can recycle, and by using the scientific process, they will research a problem, find solutions for the problem and create an invention that will help solve the problem."
During I Can Invent activities students learn problem-solving skills and expand their imagination by thinking about new ideas, said Seymour.
"During all of the activities the students are given a problem that they are asked to overcome," said Seymour. "They are introduced to scientific properties in team and individual activities.
"Camp Invention forces them to think in areas that they are not used to thinking in," said Seymour. "They also think about real world issues and learn more about recycling, developing a green planet and creating solutions to real problems."
This is the third year that the Crowder College Cassville Center has hosted the Camp Invention program. Over 70,000 children participate in around 1,000 Camp Invention programs across the country each year.
"The next generation needs to be prepared for some pretty powerful challenges," said Michele Millikan, Camp Invention regional coordinator. "By teaching our participants the hands-on methods used to brainstorm creative solutions, we're fairly sure that we're making a positive contribution toward the future. At the Camp Invention program, children learn basic inventive-thinking techniques that they will carry into adulthood."
For more information, call Seymour at 847-1706 or visit www.campinvention.org.