Camp Invention to feature time machine adventures, robotic creatures at SUNY Canton
Monday, March 12, 2012 - 2:14 pm

CANTON -- Time machine adventures and bringing robotic creatures to life are two of the projects students will embark on this summer during SUNY Canton’s Camp Invention.

The week-long day camp will have two sessions this year in the Miller Campus Center, July 23 through July 27, and July 30 to Aug. 3. Students entering grades one through six are welcome.

Camp Invention, a program of Invent Now, provides participants with the opportunity to help cultivate the ideas critical to science, technology, engineering, and math by encouraging exploration and curiosity through innovative projects and collaborative hands-on activities. Children will have a chance to present their findings and inventions to family and friends at the Inventors’ Showcase at the end of the week.

Ronald J. Tavernier, Jr., assistant professor of biology at SUNY Canton, and Mary E. Graham, a faculty member from Clarkson University, are the organizers again this year.

Last year, more than 80 children from across New York State let their creative sides run wild during the camp. Participants came from local school districts including Canton, Clifton-Fine, Gouverneur, Hermon-DeKalb, Heuvelton, Lisbon, Madrid-Waddington, Norwood-Norfolk, Parishville-Hopkinton, Ogdensburg, Massena, and Potsdam. Students traveled from as far away as Buffalo to take part in the program.

Tavernier and Graham are working with local business owners to raise money to help students who might not be able to pay the entire cost of the program.

program. Tavernier and Graham are currently accepting applications for qualified instructors and counselors. Those interested should apply no later than Friday, March 30.

Camper registration is open. The cost is approximately $200 per child for one week. The fee is discounted by $25 until March 30. Families enrolling three or more children will get $50 off per child. The early bird discount and family discount cannot be combined.

People may register at www.campinvention.org, by fax, by mail, or by telephone at (800) 968-4332. The application form is available by emailing Tavernier at [email protected].

For more information on the program, applying for a position or making a contribution, please contact Tavernier by email or at 386-7986.

Parents who are interested in volunteering with the camp should contact Graham at [email protected].