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Peru State to offer nationally acclaimed "Camp Invention" program July 23-27 for area kids

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(Peru, Neb.) In partnership with Invent Now, Peru State College (PSC) will offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program on campus Monday, July 23 through Friday, July 27.

Founded in 1990, Camp Invention is a week-long summer day program for children entering grades one through six that encourages children to discover their own innate creativity and inventiveness through hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) content.  Each day children rotate through four integrated modules that employ creative thinking to solve real-world challenges. Children learn vital 21st century life skills such as problem solving and teamwork through imaginative play.

The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CDT July 23-27. Each registration includes a free Camp Invention T-shirt. Space is limited. Visit or call 800.968.4332 to reserve a spot. Those who register by Thursday, May 31 will save $15 off the base price.

“Camp Invention’s reputation as a leader in high-quality summer programming has helped us to grow from a museum program impacting 300 kids in 1990 to a national program impacting over 76,000 kids,” explains Michael J. Oister, chief operating officer for Invent Now. “We have families who tell us Camp Invention changed their child’s outlook on learning, and stories like those keep us inspired.”

In this summer’s Envision program, children will experience different modules, including Inventeureka™, Action and Adventure Games™, Magnetropolis™, and I Can Invent: Balloon Burst™. Children will spend their week visiting a faux island to study magnetism, taking a fantasy adventure on the Ci6000 Space Modulator Time Machine, inventing a balloon-bursting machine and much more. Even if a child has participated in the past, he or she will benefit from brand new adventures throughout the week.

Also launching this summer is the Counselor in Training program, ideal for Camp Invention “graduates” who are now too old for the program. These individuals will assist Leadership Interns with tasks and help to mentor participants. Counselors in Training will leave with volunteer experience and a step ahead of others when entering high school.

Since Camp Invention’s inception, the program has grown to include over 1,200 school partnerships in 49 states.  In 2011, more than 76,000 children participated nationwide. Camp Invention was created in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which continues to support Invent Now’s mission to inspire creativity and inventive thinking in children of all ages.

The Camp Invention program has been featured in Child, Principal, and Better Homes and Gardens magazines, as well as dozens of other educational journals and general publications. The program has also been the focus of National Public Radio’s Science Friday and studied by Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. In a recent survey, 90 percent of parents said that the Camp Invention program helped their children to enjoy science.  

To register a child for the program or to learn more about Invent Now programming, visit or call 800-968-4332. For more information about the event at PSC, contact Student Activities Coordinator Chelsea Allgood at 402-274-2252 or