Tomah students have fun camping...indoors
No bug spray or camp fires during this camping excursion for a group of Tomah elementary students.
Twenty-eight students had the opportunity to participate in Camp Invention June 17-21 at La Grange Elementary School. This is the first year Tomah incorporated the program into its summer program, but it's familiar with other area school districts, said Karen Olson, who directed activities for the week.
She was joined by teachers Chelsey Juliot, Melissa Mulvaney, class aide Char Streeter, parent Christine Hennegan and student volunteers Harmony Hennegan and Isabella Kubik.
As Camp Invention wound down Olson was pleased with input from students and parents.
"We were getting a lot of positive feedback from parents and kids," Olson said.
Camp Invention is a nationally acclaimed program for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. Its intent is to offer lessons that explore connections with science, technology, engineering and innovation.
Students work together to problem solve and build skills that will help them in the 21st century. This year offered four modules that change each year. This year featured farm tech, innovation force, deep sea mystery and DIY Orbot.
Students explored the electrical relationship between circuitry, motors and gears. They unearthed hidden fossils. They learned about programming a small 'orbot'. They role played super heroes to develop gadgets with super powers to improve the world.
All materials are provided by Camp Invention and are part of the fee to participate, Olson said. Each day ran from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. They were days filled with discovery for the week, said Streeter.
While not definite, Olson said there is a possibility Camp Invention will be offered again next summer. The program is offered in partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame