Lower School Invention Program: *Belldegrun Center for Innovative Leadership*
August 2-6, 2021
Teaming up with the National Inventors’ Hall of Fame, Belldegrun Center for Innovative Leadership brings back our Invention program with Elevate! From identifying needs and pitching ideas to building prototypes and developing marketing plans, students will engage in modules designed to create value and generate interest in finding solutions to real-world challenges.
Students rotate through all of the modules, so no course selection is needed.
In Duck Chuck, children let physics fly as they launch rubber ducks to far-flung locations around the globe! They reconstruct famous landmarks and add detail. Putting trajectory, velocity, and geometry to practical use, children engineer upcycled items to invent the ultimate Duck Chucking Device. Quack Coins give them a competitive advantage, and coupled with their new marketing skills, they fine-tune their devices to land at the center of fun!
Children get ready to voice their ideas as they look inside a wireless microphone to discover the parts and pieces that will inspire their invention pitch! They amplify their ideas by using the Camp Invention Design Thinking Process to identify, explore, sketch, prototype, protect, and pitch a one-of-a-kind invention and land a deal. Inspired by unique DIY prototyping tips combined with insights from Our Nation’s Greatest Innovators, children step up to the mic to share their original ideas with the world!
In Road Rally, children apply nature-based discoveries to design their own unique vehicle that morphs! They build a propeller-operated and a pulley-operated version of their vehicle to explore its capabilities on land, and then prototype features that demonstrate its abilities to morph for traveling in their air and underwater. Along the way, participants explore energy, fuel, and movement while collecting energy points to spend on special materials for their vehicles. After maximizing the dynamic morphing capabilities of their transportation designs, children participate in a Super Road Rally and take their vehicle home for continued morphing, racing, and fun!
Inspired by live crickets, SolarBot blends the life of insects with robots and the power of solar energy. Children build and adopt their very own solar-powered cricket. They experience a cricket’s point of view as they design habitats, cricket-inspired inventions, and protective gear to outsmart predators. Children employ sustainability, physics, and engineering to design tire swings, trampolines, and other playground equipment to help save the day. They jump into cricket anatomy, including how crickets create sound, and build musical instruments to compete in a grand finale Chirp-Off!
Camp Invention Games
Camp Invention Games allows participants to practice teamwork, cooperation, and coordination skills during fun, energetic games. Creative problem-solving skills are emphasized, rather than winning or losing. Participants play and then reinvent classic games. These activities are based on the premise that, like inventions, traditional games can be modified and reimagined. Camp Invention Games encourages strategic thinking and builds 21st-century skills through physical games that enrich and energize. Participants explore out-of-the-box thinking and physical fun while playing new games and revolutionizing recess.