Kids may not show much interest in math and science in a traditional setting, but Camp Invention puts a whole new spin on the idea. The camp was created to help inspire children to open their minds and become innovators, reports Bonner County Daily Bee.
â€œThe main mission here is to get kids interested in science,â€ said Bob Parker, inventor of the digital thermometer, battery charge tester and other thermal-oriented technologies.
Itâ€™s a good thing, then, that about 80 first through sixth-graders get plenty of education amidst all the fun. The kids had opportunities to play games, plan inventions and undertake entertaining lessons of science in action. For example, at the â€œwork for foodâ€ booth, campers could charge a generator with kinetic energy by pedaling a stationary bicycle. Volunteers then used the energy to power blenders, whipping up a tasty smoothy for the camper.
Kids also got to see camp co-founder and famed inventor Forrest Birdâ€™s medical respirator work its magic on a pair of pig lungs. The display provides an informative and entertainingly gross lesson in science and anatomy. It also demonstrates the difference in effectiveness between a pink, healthy lung and a brown, damaged smokerâ€™s lung.
Parker himself had the chance to school kids on imagination, persistence and creativity â€” all necessary traits for the would-be inventor.
â€œOne idea can be used to change the world around you,â€ he said.
Image from Camp Invention