Camp Invention tackles summer learning loss in Maple Grove

Decades of research have shown that the loss of learning over the summer is a critical issue. And since 1990, thousands of children have participated in the Camp Invention summer enrichment program, which engages children in grades one to six with hands-on, discovery-based activities that inspire their interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The Camp Invention program at Rush Creek Elementary School this summer will offer area children the opportunity to test their teamwork and imagination when they travel through time in the Ci6000 Space Modulator Time Machine, build a magnet-powered city, and use reverse engineering on discarded appliances to create a new invention. They will hone 21st century learning skills such as teamwork, creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving while working through a variety of individual and team challenges.

Children are presented with a series of real-world problems that require innovative solutions. Along the way, they practice brainstorming, group decision-making, testing, evaluating, and revising their ideas… essentially learning to use the scientific process.

Camp Invention will be offered at Rush Creek Elementary during the week of June 25 to 29. The program will be directed by Alan Anderson, taught by local qualified educators, and will feature a 1:8 staff to student ratio. High school and college students will help to lead the groups through four different exciting modules each day.

This Camp Invention Envision program is presented in collaboration with ISD #279 Community Education Youth Enrichment. For more information about the program or to register, visit or call 1-800-968-4332.