Discount Code Available for Camp Invention

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Camp Invention is coming to the Ottumwa Schools! In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), the district is pleased to offer the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention® program to children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. This exciting, weeklong summer adventure provides opportunities for open-ended exploration of science, technology, engineering and more.

Children rotate through a variety of hands-on activities each day while collaborating with friends to think creatively and invent their own solutions to real-world challenges. The week begins on June 21 with Breanna Dehrkoop, K-5 TAG teacher serving as Director, and the 2021 program lineup is the best yet, so whether your child is a new or returning camper, they are in for an amazing week full of new discoveries and a-ha moments! Exciting news for this location — we are offering an optional Extended Day experience. Your program will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for an additional registration cost of $80 per week. Traditional program hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

During this energizing program, young innovators (aka campers) will:

  • Design morphing vehicles to travel across land, then find inspiration in nature to add prototype elements for moving through air and water.
  • Experiment with fun physics concepts like trajectory and velocity as they build, test and modify a device to launch rubber ducks to reach international landmarks.
  • Make and adopt their own robotic crickets and apply empathy to build customized habitats and protective gear for their solar-powered bots.
  • Reverse engineer their own wireless microphone to discover sound waves, then use their unique voice to create and promote an extraordinary invention.

Given the challenges presented by the pandemic, we are planning to run the 2021 Camp Invention program in-person and virtually. Families can choose the format that works best for their child. Even better, you have the option to change your format selection up to six weeks before the program start date.

Early registration discounts available! Register using SUM30 by April 30 to save $30 off the registration fee. Availability is limited. Visit or call 800-968-4332 to secure your child’s spot today!

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