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MATTOON -- Camp Invention, a nonprofit summer enrichment camp program, is scheduled to return to Lake Land College during the week of June 18.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame offers Camp Invention in partnership with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The camp challenges children in grades kindergarten-sixth to find their “inner inventor” by learning the process of innovation.

Camp Invention uses hands-on activities to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning; builds resourcefulness and problem-solving skills; and encourages entrepreneurship in a fun and engaging environment.

Each year, Camp Invention features a new curriculum inspired by National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees. This year’s "Fast Forward" curriculum features several video challenges from these inductees encouraging children to be confident in their ideas and to explore their ability to innovate.

The "Fast Forward" curriculum includes hands-on lessons involving small self-driving robots that sense changes in light, robotic puppies and dog park planning, futuristic smart home designing, and developing prototype inventions to provide solutions to real-world challenges. All local Camp Invention programs are facilitated and taught by certified educators who reside and teach in the community.

Registration for Camp Invention will be taken right up until the June 18 start date for the camp at Lake Land. Information on the curriculum, schedule and registration is available at campinvention.org.

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