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Leipsic Elementary School hosts Camp Invention

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For the second year, Leipsic Elementary School hosted Camp Invention, a science, technology, engineering, and math camp for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. For the second year, Leipsic Elementary School hosted Camp Invention, a science, technology, engineering, and math camp for students in kindergarten through sixth grade.
They also built their own mini-mansions where the kids worked with sensors and lights, things that they might not normally work on in school but could help them in their future studies. They also built their own mini-mansions where the kids worked with sensors and lights, things that they might not normally work on in school but could help them in their future studies.

School is out for summer in Leipsic, but some students chose to start their vacation off with a little S.T.E.M.

For the second year, Leipsic Elementary School hosted Camp Invention, a science, technology, engineering, and math camp for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. This year 74 students spent the week getting a hands-on education while letting their imagination grow as well.

"They get hands-on experience using different materials," says teacher Emily Frick, who is the school's camp director. "They get to use their imagination which is really important and they just love being able to work in partners, teams, and also do things individually to create whatever they dream up, so it's really fun."

This year's programming, which was supplied by the National Inventor's Hall of Fame, focused on circuits. Students built and decorated their own robotic dogs and then built pens for them with wood and nails.

They also built their own mini-mansions where the kids worked with sensors and lights, things that they might not normally work on in school but could help them in their future studies.

"I've learned a lot of new things, and next year that I'm going to school it might be on that stuff that I just did," says camper Myles Camareno, who also attended the program last year.

Most importantly, the camp shows students that when they are given the right tools, learning can be fun.

"Sometimes if you take time, [learning] will get fun because they're more fun when school's out because you don't really have to be with your teacher and you get to meet new friends," says camper Lindsay Frankart, who attended last year's Camp Invention as well. 

Frick says the summer S.T.E.M. camp will continue as long as the funding for it keeps coming in.

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