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Camp Invention Comes Back to SUNY Canton

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

SUNY Canton will be hosting the popular Camp Invention summer science, technology, engineering and math immersion program beginning during the third week of July. Space is still available on a limited basis for elementary school-age students.

The program runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for two sessions during the weeks of July 17 to 21 and July 24 to 28 in the college’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Students working on a computer motherboard.

“Students who enjoy science, math and engineering are more likely to find career success throughout their lives,” said Camp Invention Director Rhonda Rodriguez. “Camp Invention helps today’s youth see that science is not just a textbook, that math is not just a question to answer on a state test. Science is messy. It’s about asking questions and digging for the answers.”

During the first session, titled Launch, students in grades K-6 will learn critical STEM skills through hands-on experiments, teamwork and games, including:

  • Duct Tape Millionaire, where students can unleash their inner entrepreneurs by creating a new invention from Duct Tape, developing a business plan and marketing their product.
  • Have a Blast will allow students to build bubble blasters, air cannons and water rockets.
  • Mission Space Makers will challenge students to work together to make a new planet safe for habitation.
  • Operation Keep Out will task campers to transform an everyday household gadget into a secret alarm box to guard their treasures.

During the July 24-28 week of camp, students will delve into environmental challenges, including:

  • Problem Solving on Planet ZAK, where students will find themselves stranded on a strange planet and will have to rebuild their spaceship, find shelter, clothing and food.
  • In Saving Sludge City, campers will attempt to bring back a city ruined by pollution and find ways to make it safe.
  • During Imagination Point, students will learn the laws of motion by creating their own amusement park ride.
  • Maker Studio will demonstrate 3-D printing, circuits and general invention.

All camp instructors are all certified classroom teachers. Tuition for each week is $225. Parents can register by visiting the website at www.campinvention.org or calling the toll-free registration line at 800-968-4332.

Camp Invention is a national program presented by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, with a mission of honoring inventors, inspiring creativity and challenging the next generation. SUNY Canton Associate Professor Ronald Tavernier discovered Camp Invention and helped bring it to the college in 2011.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association. For more information, visit www.canton.edu.

Registration Opens for Camp Invention at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

SUNY Canton will again be hosting Camp Invention, a summer experience emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for students entering grades 1-6.

The weeklong day camp will run 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from July 25 to July 29 in the college’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Students working on a computer motherboard.

To celebrate upcoming day camp, SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran will be presenting a free chemistry magic show at 1 p.m. Monday, July 18, at the Canton Free Library.

Student jumping on a rocket launcher.The Camp Invention curriculum is redesigned every year to ensure that participants have a dynamic and memorable experience. Children will have access to several projects including:

  • Building cricket-inspired inventions to outsmart motorized spider predators.
  • Designing an “Epic Park” with zip lines and water flumes.
  • Using motors, gears, lights, fans and components found in broken machines to make their own innovations.
  • Exploring demolitions, coding, squid, slime and sound-activated lights.

The program is $220 each week per student. Families enrolling two children receive $25 off per child. Families registering three or more children will save $50 per child. Special rates are available for children of SUNY Canton employees.

Parents can register their children online at www.campinvention.org, or by calling 1-800-968-4322. For more information contact Rhonda Rodriguez by email, rrodrig@twcny.rr.com.

 

About Camp Invention

Created by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention is a nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. The program presents essential STEM concepts through creative hands-on activities. SUNY Canton has hosted Camp Invention for five years.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Camp Invention Returns to SUNY Canton

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Children can explore the connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation at this year’s Camp Invention.

The day camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with weeklong sessions beginning July 20 and July 27 in the college’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

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During week one, children will build and modify their own freestyle-racing cart. Additionally, students will learn about prototypes and how to create a live representation of a video game using found objects. During week two, students will construct their own motorized creatures and explore alternative energy. Hands-on activities will help students study the connection between mathematics, patterns and relationships.

Camp Invention is intended for students entering grades 1-6. It offers innovative sessions that are taught by certified teachers. All sessions use teamwork and subject immersion to enhance each student’s appreciation for discovery.

The program is $220 each week per student. Families enrolling two children receive $25 off per child. Families registering three or more children will save $50 per child. Special rates are available for children of SUNY Canton employees.

Parents can register their children online at www.campinvention.org, or by calling 1-800-968-4322. For more information contact April Barnes at abarnes@potsdam.k12.ny.us.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Camp Invention Provides Learning and Fun for Children at SUNY Canton

Monday, July 21st, 2014

A summer day camp at SUNY Canton can help area children become inventors.

SUNY Canton will be hosting Camp Invention from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. beginning July 28. The weeklong program will be held in the college’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Camp Invention, a program of Invent Now, is designed for youth in first through sixth grades. It provides students with the opportunity to cultivate the concepts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The “Morphed!” theme this year focuses on objects, minerals and organisms that change or can be changed.

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ALL SMILES – Nadia L. Cheng of Potsdam, Nicolas C. Kelson of Potsdam, Douglas G. Welsh of Canton, and Noah G. Bohl of Potsdam grin after completing the living quarters of the city.

“We supply the environment and resources for children to release their imaginations,” said Ronald J. Tavernier, an assistant professor who teaches biology at SUNY Canton. “We are always amazed at the creativity and innovation students bring to Camp Invention.”

Tavernier is one of several faculty and staff members who help coordinate the annual program. SUNY Canton has hosted Camp Invention since 2011. The college offers the program to help increase students’ exposure to STEM programs at an early age.

The program features different modules where students will attempt to discover solutions to problems. Each module is a hands-on experience that emphasizes exploration, discovery and creativity. Children will present their findings and inventions to family and friends at an inventors’ showcase at the end of the week.

The curriculum is designed for students in grades 1-6. All of the sessions are led by certified teachers from the area.

The cost of Camp Invention is $220 a week per student. Families registering two siblings save $25 per child. Families enrolling three or more children will receive $50 off per child.

Parents should register their children as soon as possible to ensure that they can participate. Register online at www.campinvention.org, or by calling 1-800-968-4332.

For more information regarding the program, contact Melissa Michno at (315) 323-0665.

 

About SUNY Canton 

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Creative Minds Make Discoveries at SUNY Canton’s Camp Invention

Monday, July 30th, 2012

SUNY Canton’s first week of Camp Invention had students building model cities out of recycled materials.

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ALL SMILES – Nadia L. Cheng of Potsdam, Nicolas C. Kelson of Potsdam, Douglas G. Welsh of Canton, and Noah G. Bohl of Potsdam grin after completing the living quarters of the city.

Each group of four or five students was given a piece of cardboard to design a portion of a city. When they were complete, the cardboard, Styrofoam and duct tape creations were interlocked to create an entire metropolis. Students augmented their creations with magnets, and electric components.

LIGHT IT UP - Elyse M. Tavernier of Canton connects a battery and a small light bulb to one of her group’s buildings.

Other activities included an indoor hockey match using all homemade equipment.

Camp Invention runs until Friday August 3 in the Miller Campus Center.

 

SUNY Canton’s Camp Invention Near Capacity

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

SUNY Canton’s popular Camp Invention program is filling up fast. Only a small number of spots remain for students from grades one to six.

The registration for the first weeklong science and math-based day-camp program is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 23, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center The second section will begin at the same time the following Monday, July 30.

“Camp Invention really makes students think and engages their creativity,” Ronald Tavernier a SUNY Canton biology instructor and camp organizer. “From an educator’s standpoint, I see it as a way to make learning science fun.”

This is the second year that SUNY Canton has hosted the science and math-based learning camp, presented by Invent Now.

The cost of Camp Invention is $200 a week per student. Participants can sign up for both weeks.

Parents should enroll their children as soon as possible to ensure that they can participate. There are three ways to register: on-line at www.campinvention.org, or by calling 1-800-968-4332. The application form is also available by emailing Tavernier at tavernier@canton.edu.

 

Popular ‘Camp Invention’ Coming to SUNY Canton this Summer

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Time machine adventures and bringing robotic creatures to life are just two of the projects students will embark on this summer during Camp Invention.

SUNY Canton will host the week-long day camp and site organizers have added an additional week to this year’s program due to the popularity of last year’s event. The first week will be held July 23 through July 27, while the second week will begin July 30 and conclude Aug. 3. The camp will be held in the College’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

The curriculum for this year is brand new and participants can register for either week or both weeks. Each session will feature different modules and will be capped at 60 students. Students entering grades one through six are eligible to participate.

Camp Invention, a program of Invent Now, provides participants with the opportunity to help cultivate the ideas critical to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by encouraging exploration and curiosity through innovative projects and collaborative hands-on activities.

Each five-day session includes four themed modules where participants will work in teams and explore, discover and creatively solve problems. Children will have a chance to present their findings and inventions to family and friends at the Inventors’ Showcase at the end of the week.

Ronald J. Tavernier, Jr., assistant professor of biology at SUNY Canton, and Mary E. Graham, a faculty member from Clarkson University, are the site organizers again this year.

“The feedback we received last year was entirely positive,” Tavernier said. “We had parents tell us they had been searching for a fun, engaging educational camp for their kids and we look forward to bringing that opportunity to more North Country students again this year.”

Last year, more than 80 children from across New York State let their creative sides run wild during the camp. Participants came from at least 12 local school districts including Canton, Clifton-Fine, Gouverneur, Hermon-DeKalb, Heuvelton, Lisbon, Madrid-Waddington, Norwood-Norfolk, Parishville-Hopkinton, Ogdensburg, Massena, and Potsdam. Students traveled from as far away as Buffalo to take part in the program.

Both Tavernier and Graham are working with local business owners to raise money that will help students who may not be able to pay the entire cost of the program.

“Last year, we had five students with financial need who were able to attend the camp because of the generosity of local community members and the St. Lawrence County American Association of University Women,” Tavernier said. “We’re hopeful that local business owners will give money towards these scholarships so anyone who wants to participate in Camp Invention has the ability to do so.”

Local certified teachers and educators also have the opportunity to engage in the program. Tavernier and Graham are currently accepting applications for instructors. They will also be accepting applications for counselor positions. Those interested in any position should apply no later than Friday, Mar. 30.

Camper registration is open and has already begun filling up. The cost of the program is approximately $200 per child for one week and participants can sign up for both weeks. The registration fee is discounted by $25 until March 30 and families enrolling three or more children will receive $50 off, per child. The early bird discount and family discount cannot be combined.

There are three ways to register: on-line at www.campinvention.org, by fax or mail or by telephone at 1-800-968-4332. The application form is also available by emailing Tavernier at tavernier@canton.edu or here.

For more information regarding the program, applying for a position or making a contribution, please contact Tavernier by email or at (315) 386-7986. Parents who are interested in volunteering with the camp should contact Graham at graham@clarkson.edu.

Camp Invention Underway at SUNY Canton

Monday, July 18th, 2011

More than 80 children from across New York State are letting their creative sides run wild at SUNY Canton as part of a week-long day camp focused on innovation and hands-on learning.

Camp Invention, a program of Invent Now, is underway on the College’s campus and will conclude on Friday, July 22. The camp is being held in the North Country for the first time and is for students entering grades one through six.

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Roody the Roo visits with campers during their first day of Camp Invention.

The program includes themed modules where they will work in teams and explore, discover and create solutions to certain problems. Participants will have a chance to present their findings and inventions to family and friends at an Inventors’ Showcase at the end of the week.

Participants hail from at least 12 local school districts including Canton, Clifton-Fine, Gouverneur, Hermon-DeKalb, Heuvelton, Lisbon, Madrid-Waddington, Norwood-Norfolk, Parishville-Hopkinton, Ogdensburg, Massena, and Potsdam. Students have traveled from as far away as Buffalo to take part in the program.

Before registration opened earlier in the spring, organizers were told to expect around 30 students to sign up since the camp is new to the area, but enrollment skyrocketed and nearly tripled the original estimate.

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Noah Bohl, 9, and Tommy Sauer, 8, both of Potsdam, work with Douglass Welsh, 7, of Canton on an improvised spacecraft made from cardboard tubes, bubble wrap, and masking tape at SUNY Canton’s Camp Invention.

“The number of students in the program being held at SUNY Canton far exceeds the expected numbers for a program in its first year,” said Lori Byrne, senior regional program manager at Invent Now.

Camp Invention Director April Barnes, a teacher at Potsdam High School and a cross country coach, is being assisted by four teachers, five camp counselors, and several parent volunteers who are helping with the many young forward-thinkers.

“We have a wonderful team of enthusiastic educators who will help teach the children math and science in an innovative and a hands-on way,” Barnes said. “We are just as excited as the kids are about the week.”

Interested parents and students made sure to keep this week open in their busy summer plans. “We decided to return home from our vacation early so our son could attend,” said Melanie Sauer of Potsdam. “This is such a high quality and amazing program that we did not want to miss it.”

“We knew immediately we would sign our daughter up for the camp,” said Robin Rhodes-Crowell of Canton. “Research shows girls generally score lower in math and science as they get older.  Naomi loves inventing, science, creating, and exploring and we want to keep it that way. Programs such as Camp Invention are a great way for her to keep her excitement while learning and growing all at the same time.”

Five attendees with financial need were awarded scholarships that allowed them to attend the program. Two students received scholarships from Open Windows for Girls, a program of the St. Lawrence County American Association of University Women, while the others were sponsored by community members.

In keeping with the “green” theme of the Camp Invention program, the Potsdam Wal-Mart donated 80 reusable water bottles to help keep Camp Invention participants hydrated during the week.

Ronald J. Tavernier, Jr. and David Barnes, both faculty members at SUNY Canton, and Mary E. Graham, a faculty member from Clarkson University, are the site organizers.

For more information about Camp Invention, visit www.campinvention.com.