UWP to host Camp Invention

April 15, 2003

PLATTEVILLE- Setting "young imaginations on flights of adventures," the University of Wisconsin-Platteville will host Camp Invention, a weeklong day camp for student in grades two through sixth, June 16-20.

Camp Invention offers hands-on learning opportunities that combine math, science, history and art to encourage children's curiosity and creativity. Rick Morgan, UWP credit outreach program manager for continuing education, said this will be UWP's first summer hosting Camp Invention.

"In the past, camps of this caliber were only available in big cities. Why should kids in metropolitan areas have an advantage over kids whose parents choose to live in a rural area?" Morgan said. "Bringing enrichment activities into the area is what UWP and UW-Extension are all about, so we're very excited to be able to offer such a top-notch camp to area kids."

The camp will offer three main activity themes. With "Marbleous Inventions," campers will learn about motion through the use of marble games, designing and testing their own marble machines and experiencing the art of "marblization." Campers will have an opportunity to modify some of their favorite games - changing rules, equipment and players with "Amazing Games." Lastly, discarded appliances will be used for the "I Can Invent" activity, where campers are given the opportunity to take a part appliances to see how they work and to create their own fantasy inventions.

In addition to UWP and UW-Extension, 20 school districts in the tri-state area are involved with camp invention. The camp will be staffed by certified, area teachers and UWP students. Participants will attend the camp from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For an additional cost, daycare will be available from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Camp fees are $190 per child through May 31 and $199 per child after May 31. To register, contact Camp Invention at (800) 968-4332 or www.campinvention.org. For more information on UWP's involvement with the camp, contact Rick Morgan at (608) 342-1347.


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