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Art, Environment and Space are Highlighted for Camp Invention

LEXINGTON, KY (February 4, 2008) Children will explore Mars, renovate an art museums sculpture garden, and help rebuild a polluted town when the Camp Invention program arrives for the first time at Bluegrass Community amp; Technical Colleges Regency Campus this summer. The first session (Encounter) is scheduled for June 16-20. The second session (Imagine) will begin June 23 and end June 27.

The Camp Invention program, open to children entering first through sixth grades, fosters creativity, teamwork, inventive-thinking skills and science literacy. The program was created in 1990 by the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation, and receives support from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Camp Inventions creators use an innovative, exciting approach to education, says Sheila Simpson, Director. Children who attend Camp Invention learn skills that enhance their abilities to brain-storm, solve problems and work in teams. As educators and parents, we know that children of all ages should continue sharpening these skills as we enter an era in which critical thinking will be extremely important to their future.

During a module called M.A.R.S. (Moving at Rocket Speed) Camp Invention participants will plan and execute a trip to Mars, becoming the first astronauts to explore the planet. In Art Park, participants will attempt to save a museum from the threat of losing donations by designing a new sculpture garden to please the public and the museums largest donor. During Saving Sludge City, the Camp Invention team will rebuild and clean a polluted city, making it a more eco-friendly environment for its residents.

More than 60,000 children in 48 states across the country attended the Camp Invention program in 2007.

The Camp Invention program continues to get accolades from around the country. The president of the American Chemical Society, Catherine T. Hunt, spoke on National Public Radios Science Friday last August regarding Camp Invention as bringing forward the next generation of inventors. In addition, a Harvard study released in 2006 praised the Camp Invention program for its innovative hands-on enrichment activities. The program has been featured in more than two hundred newspapers and magazines, including Child, Invention amp; Technology, Inventors Digest, Scientific American Explorations, PTO Today, Gifted Child Today and others.

The $205 registration fee, due on or before May 31, includes daily snacks and a t-shirt. A discount of $20 per child is offered with early registration by March 31 and the bring-a-friend program after that date. There is also an additional $5 discount for online registrants. Registrations received after May 31 require a $20 late processing fee.

For more information, or to register, visit www.campinvention.org or call (800)968-4332.