Creative children who enjoy inventing and hands-on projects will have a chance to showcase their talents this summer at SUNY Canton.
The College will be hosting Camp Invention, a program of Invent Now, July 18-22 in the College’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center. The day camp program is for elementary students entering grades one through six.
“This program allows SUNY Canton to extend our reach beyond college-aged and non-traditional students and help young minds become forward thinkers,” said Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy, SUNY Canton president. “These children are the ones who will be researching, inventing and problem-solving in our classrooms and communities in the upcoming years. Providing Camp Invention to the area will give children a chance to see that science, math and technology can be, and is, fun.”
Camp Invention participants will have a unique opportunity to help cultivate the ideas critical to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by encouraging exploration and curiosity through exciting hands-on activities.
The camp includes five days filled with themed modules where participants will work in teams and explore, discover and create solutions to problems faced. Children will have a chance to present their findings and inventions to family and friends at the Inventors’ Showcase. Cost of the program is approximately $200 per child.
Ronald Tavernier, assistant professor of biology at SUNY Canton, and Mary Graham, a local parent, are coordinating the program site. Both are working with local business owners to raise funding that will assist those who may not be able to pay the entire cost of the program.
“Our goal is to get every child in the area who is interested in the program enrolled, regardless of cost,” Tavernier said. “We’re hopeful that we’ll raise enough funding and support from local community members to ensure everyone who is interested has a chance to participate.”
Local certified teachers and educators also have the opportunity to engage in the program. Tavernier and Graham are currently accepting applications for the director of the program as well as instructors. Young adults and college students looking to get involved can apply for a counselor position. Those interested in any position should apply no later than Friday, April 1.
Camper registration is now open and 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 registration fee is discounted by $25 until March 30. Space is limited.
For more information regarding applying for a position or making a contribution, please contact Tavernier at (315) 386-7986 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.