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STEM summer camp coming to Forsyth elementary schools

Camp Invention will be held at:

Brookwood Elementary
Where: 2980 Vaughan Drive
When: June 12-16, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $225

Sharon Elementary
Where: 3595 Old Atlanta Road
When: June 19-23, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $225

A nationally recognized STEM summer camp will be held at two elementary schools in Forsyth County in June.

Camp Invention, a nonprofit STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) enrichment program that focuses on hands-on problem-solving and collaboration, is open to students entering kindergarten through sixth grade.

The schools in Forsyth County holding the camp are Brookwood and Sharon elementary schools.

“Inventive young minds can exercise their creativity and use their imagination, all while learning and developing new skills they typically don’t get to use in the classroom,” said Ken Torisky, of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, the camp’s nonprofit that recognizes inventors and invention, promotes creativity and advances “the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship.”

The organization is supported by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

“What makes this camp truly unique is that the curriculum is inspired by some of our nation’s most brilliant minds – the inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame,” Torisky said. “Children are empowered to have big ideas while they take on challenges that inspire them to question, brainstorm, work as a team and build amazing invention prototypes.”

The year’s curriculum features the following hands-on modules:

- Duct Tape Billionaire: Campers design products from duct tape they can market and sell to mock inventors

- Have a Blast: Children build high-tech Bubble Blasters and compete as a team in air battles that use physics to boost their advantage

- Mission Space Makers: Teams hatch eggs, sprout living plants and grow crystal trees, all while on a mission to locate and prepare a new planet for human habitation

- Operation Keep Out: Campers learn to reverse engineer old machines and devices and use their parts to create the ultimate Spy Gadget Alarm Box

All programs are facilitated and taught by certified educators who reside and teach in the community, Torisky said.

More than 130,000 students are served each year in more than 1,400 schools and districts across the nation.

For more information or to register, visit