Despite not being able to physically meet for summer activities, the Southern Tioga School District was proud to host Camp Invention virtually for approx. 80 students in grades K-6, where they received hands-on activity kits delivered to their homes and worked through STEM packed modules the week of June 15th – 19th.
Camp Invention Connect™, organized by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, is a STEM summer program that allows students in grades K-6 the opportunity to explore creativity, interactive projects, and hands-on problem solving challenges. The 2020 program was also aimed to build students’ confidence as creators and innovators.
“Camp Invention Connect™ reaches far beyond what you’ve come to expect from at-home learning,” said Nicole Cummings, Camp Director for Southern Tioga School District. There were four theme days throughout the week, including: Championship Day, Design Thinking Process Day, Rescue Squad Day, Flight Lab Day, and ended with a day where students showcased the project they were most proud of. Camp instructors were Mrs. Pam Kelly, Mrs. Rachel Smith, and Mrs. Sarah Murray.
Lauren Sargent, Curriculum Coordinator for Southern Tioga School District, was pleased with the participation and impact the program provided students. “This at home opportunity gave students the ability to participate in STEM based activities while also interacting with their family members and improving their problem solving skills,” said Sargent.
Camp Invention is open to students from all districts in Tioga and Bradford County. Through grants and a generous donation from Shell Oil Inc., the District was able to award full and partial scholarships to participants.