CREATIVITY ON DISPLAY
SPRUCE PINE – More than 30 local students showed off their creativity this past week during the third annual Mitchell County Camp Invention.
The weeklong camp returned to Deyton Elementary after being at Gouge Primary School this past year. Mitchell County’s first Camp Invention was at Deyton in 2017.
The camp, which is open to students entering kindergarten through sixth grade, gives them a series of hands-on lessons that allow them to explore the connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation.
In addition to games and lessons, students rotated through four modules, each with a unique theme.
In one module, students reverse-engineered and rebuilt remote-controlled robots, and in another, campers built boats from recycled materials and put them in a pool to see which ones could travel the fastest.
Another module tasked campers with coding and programming a robot to tackle farm-related issues, and the final module was all about designing superhero gadgets and disguises while learning about engineering and fabrication.
The camp is made possible through a partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame and help from local teachers and student volunteers.
Local teachers helped create and facilitate the camp modules while high school student volunteers served as leadership interns and ensured campers stayed focused and rotated quickly and efficiently between the modules.
The camp closed Friday, July 26, with the “Inventor’s Showcase” that gave campers a chance to show off to family and friends their best creations from the week.
Camp Director Dana Hollifield said the camp was a success.
“The students were very engaged in the project-based activities,” Hollifield said. “They came up with innovative solutions to real-world problems.”