Camp Invention coming

To the Editor:

With the generosity of 3M and assistance from our Community Education and Recreation office, Kinship is making a week of day camp available for first- through sixth-grade youth to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with fun hands-on activities.

Kids will invent and tinker with circuits and design solutions to nature-based challenges. They will work together as entrepreneurs, team leaders and designers as they prepare to bring their invention to market in an environment modeled after real-world research-and-development spaces and setting their imaginations free.

Kids will take apart electronics to build an epic, insect-themed pinball machine. They will use tools to uncover mechanical guts and upcycle them into bumpers, targets and scoreboards, angle their way into pinball physics, anatomy and math by propelling the ball onto the playfield with the ultimate DIY cardboard launcher and insect leg flippers to rack up points and win the Pinbug Jackpot.

Kids will build morphing vehicles that operate on land, in the air and underwater. They’ll utilize nature’s blueprints to explore energy, fuel, movement and animal features, then apply these discoveries to motor-powered vehicles in preparation for the Super Go Road Rally. They’ll also build ramps and tunnels and learn high-speed STEM skills that put youth on the fast track to success.

Camp Invention will be held 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, July 7-11, at Five Lakes Elementary School in Fairmont. The cost is $225 per child. There’s still time to register your first- through sixth-grade child by visiting the Fairmont CER office.

Thank you to 3M, especially Crystal Hanson; and CER, especially Roni Dauer and Kris Siefert.

Char Kahler,

Fairmont Area Kinship