Camp Invention 2016
Geisler Middle School, Walled Lake Schools
Thank-You So Much!
Like I mentioned, there are several ways you can keep your child involved with creative problem solving. Programs like Destination Imagination, FIRST Lego and Robotics, and Kidpreneur can be wonderful extensions to Camp Invention. A few simple bins to keep recycled goods can be a great thing to have in your house too! Some of the kids said they loved Camp Invention because they could build with cool things they don't have at home, but truthfully, all of the materials that were in the Cool Stuff Room are household junk supplies, as well as things like nuts and bolts, yarn, foam stickers, straws, and more! A Rubbermaid storage tower filled with things could be a great holiday gift!
Jimmy Fallon often asks kids to showcase their inventions for Fallonventions. If your child designed something super cool this week, it could be a good idea to keep it around. In addition, the Imagination Foundation ran an Inventor's Challenge this winter that included prizes. There are ways for your child to showcase current and future inventions all over...just keep your eye out for it!
I will try to add photos to this newsletter next week. For now, the video I created and intended to show today is below the form. Enjoy!
EPIC Park Pitches
Also, we have had a wonderful staff of instructors (Professors), Leadership Interns, and Counselors in Training. It would be great if you could take the time to thank them too! I know they have had a wonderful time working with your child this week. I have heard many great complements about our awesome campers from them. They have been very impressed with their ideas and how well they worked as teams!
Wacky Day at Camp Invention
One more day left!!!! The wacky inventors were busy today building upon their inventions and learning more! The kids had a blast with the homemade slime! Some of the kids are creating some really cool jewelry in the Maker Studio using the guts from their electronics. They also completed some neat inventor challenges! I have heard a lot of great things from parents. I believe that there will be a survey from Camp Invention sent to you. Your child will be able to write an inventor's statement tomorrow during Base Camp reflecting on their week at Camp Invention. If you could click on the below link and write a sentence or two to reflect on your child's Camp Invention experience that would be awesome!
These campers kept the wacky Camp Invention spirit going at home!
Day 4 Video
It Was a Wet Wednesday!!!
CrickoBot Day 3
I will Periscope tomorrow tomorrow too at 12:00 PM. You can find the live feed from my twitter account @TeamBond. Or if you have the Perisope app you can follow @TeamBond.
We Are in Need of Materials for the Cool Stuff Room!!!
If you have things lying around your house that could inspire our inventors...send them in! Thank-you for all of the EPIC things you have already brought in! I heard there were car fulls on Monday morning! The inventors in Walled Lake are sooo spectacular they have used many of the things!
- Plastic Containers
- Cardboard Boxes
- Craft Supplies and More!
Reminder: Friday's Showcase Begins at 2:30.
We will start as a large group in the cafeteria at 2:30. I will show a slideshow of photos from the week, as well as show the commercials for the EPIC Park Module they will be working on with Professor Stefan. Then students will have an opportunity to go to their inventor spot, and all family members can tour the inventions in the hallway, ask the inventors about their creations. After the showcase, your child can bring their creations home. The exceptions will be the group creations, which may or may not be coming home with your child, depending on how the group decides or how the professor decides.
It would be a GREAT idea to bring a large trash bag with you or laundry baskets to help transport the creations home. :)
The Lab: When Pigs Fly
Lost and Found Items Are On the Stage!
-Snacks will be eaten during the 2nd module. Make sure your child has a snack to eat.
-We are still collecting materials for the Inventor's Supply (Cool Stuff) Room. If you know of an industrial company with cool, safe scraps, that would be awesome. Electricians also have awesome spools. Typically we start running low beginning on Thursday. It will be important to keep the inventory strong, as that is what inspires the inventions!
-Friday's showcase begins at 2:30! It will end at 3:30, so please make sure you note this change in time!
Awesome Beginnings in the Epic Park
The Maker Studio
Overheard, "I never knew I could have so much fun with a Ferby!"
The Lab: When Pigs Fly
Fun in The Lab: When Pigs Fly
The kids had a great time choosing stations. This was a wrecking ball station.
Sling Shot Action
Here kids were able to use sling shots to deconstruction towers.
We had a short recess. Tomorrow we will have more activities out for the kids. On Wednesday they will be playing water games on recess and in the Games module. Extra clothes are encouraged.
Fun in The Lab: When Pigs Fly
This team went about it a bit differently...loving out of the box thinking!
Fun Time at Games!!!
1. What did you discover today that you didn’t know before?
2. What was a challenge you faced today? How did you overcome it?
3. Which activity did you enjoy the most today?
Tomorrow is Hat Day! Wear your favorite hat, add things to a common hat, or design and build a new hat!
Remember to Bring a Lunch and a Snack!
Are You Ready for an EPIC Week???
Camp Invention will be at James Geisler Middle School, which is off of Pontiac Trail in Walled Lake. On the first day, we will have you enter the front of the building, as we will have our main registration tables in the lobby, as well as a drop off area for the Take-Apart Item and the Upcycled Materials. Once your child is registered and we have the proper paperwork, you will walk your child down the hall to the cafeteria to meet their Leadership Intern.
Take-Apart and Upcycled Materials: Each child needs at least 1 small electronic to take apart. The success of the camp really relies on the materials in our Cool Stuff Room, so please bring as much as you can. We will collect it all week long, so you are even able to ask neighbors for their recycling bin materials, old craft items, etc.
Snack, Lunch, and Recess: We will not be eating lunch until 12:30 each day, so the children will have the opportunity to eat a snack during the second module. Please make sure to communicate with your child on what would be good for them to eat for snack. Perhaps you can put the snack in a separate bag. The campers will have a recess time after lunch, complete with inventor themed games. Please make sure your child has shoes on that would be appropriate for running.
Groups: For the most part, your child will be grouped by grade level. There will be about 20 or so children per grade group, and they will be divided into smaller groups with a leadership intern or Counselor-in-Training overseeing them. If you have a special request for grouping and you have not contacted me yet, please do so by Thursday, July 21 at 5:00, as I will be making the groups that evening.
Pick-Up: You will need to sign your child out in the cafeteria each day. The Leadership Interns will have a clipboard at their table with a sign in/out grid that you need to initial each day. We will be collecting your child's inventions throughout the week to be used in the Inventors' Showcase. Do not take your child's inventions home until the last day. The Inventors' Showcase will be 2:30-3:30 on Friday. Family members are expected to attend this.
Phone Numbers: The direct line to Geisler MS Office is 248-956-2900. I have digital voicemail, so if you would like to call and leave a message directly for me, my phone number is 248-956-3154. The message will show up as an email to me.
Volunteers: Organizing the Cool Stuff Room is a constant job throughout the week. If you have a bit of time to donate, we would love to have you!
Themed Days for Camp
To make things a bit more interesting, we are going to have themed days!
Tuesday: Hat Day: Your child can create or decorate his/her own hat or wear his/her favorite hat!
Wednesday: Beach Day and Water Wednesday! Your child can wear his/her bathing suit or clothes that can get wet, as each module will include a water activity. Please also have your child bring a towel. It probably would be a great idea to also have a set of extra clothes!
Thursday: Wacky Day: Your child can have fun with their creative expression and show how wacky they can dress! From crazy hair to mismatched socks, wacky can be showcased in so many ways! (Just make sure their wackiness will not interfere with their invention creation!)
Friday: Camp Invention T-Shirt Day! We are going to take a camp photo. Please make sure your child has his/her camp shirt on. (Camp shirts will be given out on Monday.)
(Above photo taken by Judy Bowling in her makerspace.)