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Camp: Eureka! The Inventor's Camp

A Camp for Inventors! more info...
Location: Durham Academy
Dates: Monday, June 10, 2019 - Friday, June 14, 2019details
Grades: Gr 1 - Gr 6
Section #: DA027
Registration closes: Monday, June 10, 2019


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Name: Durham Academy

A camp for Inventors! Children will overcome a series of challenges using basic materials, simple machines, tips from famous inventors and the most important of all – their mind. With a little bit of ingenuity children will create aircrafts, construct working light sticks to take home and assemble a set of circuits with batteries and light bulbs. While Thomas Edison said "invention is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration", this camp is 100% FUN! Ages 6 - 11

These are only a sample of some of the activities that we will be doing each day. The topics will not necessarily follow this order. However, each of these topics will be included at some point in the camp.

Whiz Kidz – Team up with your fellow camp inventors to explore the inventions of others – such as kids, women, and more. Draw inspiration from the “wacky” and the practical! Children work together to form circuits and recreate Tesla's bright atmosphere for the 1893 World's Fair. They talk about sound and learn that anyone—a child, woman, or man—can be an inventor. The goal of this camp day is to understand that we have no limitations. Our dreams will inspire invention.

Invention Nation – Inventing means practicality! Inventions and patents to protect an invention were very popular in the late 1800s. Inventors Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla were locked in several battles over electrical inventions of their era. The class moves from simple devices to Rube Goldberg devices and the children perform as parts of a complex human-machine. Prepare a patent proposal and receive a patent certificate at the end of the camp day.

Think Fast - Inventors have always searched for a way to take flight. On today’s journey we will use early inventors like the Wright brothers to launch into the wild blue yonder. Orville and Wilbur Wright worked together to develop the first self-controlled motorized flying machine. Their team efforts also lead to improved bicycle pedals and faster sleds. Children review technological advances in flight and work together to produce improved paper plane designs. Take flight during this fun-flying camp day.

Science Fiction - Inventing means dreaming! Campers dive into the exploration of what could be on this fantastic day where science fiction meets science fact! As far back as Jules Verne (and further), dreamers have explored what the future can hold. Many of those dreams are now reality. Sci-fi meets real inventors to help us explore how fiction can influence reality. The children develop submarines that rise or sink, decipher fact from fiction, and play a future-based bingo game.

Infinity and Beyond – Join the adventure to infinity and beyond with Isaac Asimov and George Lucas, who wrote about things that would be available in the future. These science fiction writers developed the reality of their current technology into future possibilities. Future inventors get a lesson on lasers and build their own light stick. The camp wraps up with a robotic relay and the children take home dreams of the future and new planets to explore.
Scheduled DateTime
Monday, June 10, 20199:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday, June 11, 20199:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday, June 12, 20199:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday, June 13, 20199:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Friday, June 14, 20199:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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