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Science camp makes plan for summer

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Kayla Sisneros helps Hank Purkey with a bridge for his remote-controlled robot during the June 2019 session of Camp Invention. (Daily Record File Photo)

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For some area kids, summer fun will mean exploring physics, mathematical equations, mechanical engineering and solar energy.

Camp Invention once again will be offering its in-person day camp, while adhering to the COVID-safe requirements in effect at the time, which might include face coverings and social distancing.

The theme of the 2021 session running June 7 to 11 is “Recharge,” with four learning components that kids can learn a little about each day.

“It will focus on problem-solving, team building and fun times,” said Peggy Bohlin, the director of the local camp, which is a program developed 28 years ago by the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

“Kids love it. There are big smiles on their faces every day. It is so fun to see them,” Bohlin said. “It was such a bummer that we couldn’t hold it last year.”

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One of the four educational components for the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum involves creating a device to launch a rubber duck. Another is making a vehicle that can run on land and creating prototypes of modified versions for air and water. Students also will reverse-engineer a microphone and create a solar-powered cricket bot.

The camp is for kids entering kindergarten through sixth-grade students. Campers will be grouped by ages, with appropriate instruction for each group provided, Bohlin said.

The camp will occur from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church at 500 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Arrangements can be made for extended times in some cases and at an additional cost.

The cost for the camp is $245 for each child, with discounts available at the current time. Bohlin said that the camp is a nonprofit effort, with costs covering personnel, facilities and supplies.

“We have some partial scholarships available and would love to find some families able to use them,” she said. “I do what I can, but I do not give full rides. The parents need to have some skin in the game.”

She said that she works hard to meet genuine financial needs, but past experience has shown her that parents often will not show up with their kids if they have not invested in the program. That means that class spaces or scholarship money that could have gone to other students goes unused.

Bohlin added that she is looking for high school and college students who want to volunteer as instructors, as well as groups or individuals interested in donating for scholarships.

People can sign up for the class until June 7 by contacting Bohlin at 575-420-9955 or by emailing pbohlin2016@gmail.com. They also can visit the group’s website, www.invent.org/camp.

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