Creating future inventors

Posted by Debra Worley - email
Writing contributed by WECT Intern Michelle Peck

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - About 80 kids attended Camp Invention at Wrightsville Beach Elementary School this week and created new inventions out of old material.

Camp Invention started in 1990 out of Akron, Ohio and focuses on teaching inventive-thinking skills.

Many children walk way from the 5-day program with a working invention.  Kids made things like insect catchers, ball-throwing robots, arm-extenders made out of PVC pipes, and aluminum foil wrappers that easily cook pizza.

10-year-old Matthew Caropolo is ready to go green and create treasures out of trash.

"It would be using all the pieces that would probably be thrown out, and you're not going to throw it out because it is your invention," said Caropolo.  "So you'd be saving, like you'd be saving the trash and using it for something useful."

The camp hopes that children will enjoy science inside and outside of the classroom.

"It feels like that I can actually do something and I'm actually good at something," said 12-year-old Rachel Francis. "Now I'll probably try to invent more and probably try to go to more camps like this, and yeah I definitely will try to invent more stuff at home."

In 2008, 65,000 children all over the nation attended Camp Invention.

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