Eureka! The Inventor’s Camp
Ages 6 to 12
Are you a budding inventor? If so, join Mad Science as we learn about famous inventors such as Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Rube Goldberg, Archimedes and Ben Franklin and the contributions they made to science. Use your knowledge and creativity to overcome a series of challenges using basic materials, simple machines, tips from famous inventors and the most important of all – your mind. While Thomas Edison said “invention is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration, this camp is 100% FUN!
Rock, Paper, Scissors
Inventing means curiosity! Leonardo da Vinci started as an artist and developed many
scientific observations that he recorded in his notebooks over the course of his lifetime.
Children learn about his many discoveries and try their hand at his experiments, from
writing notes backwards, measuring human proportions, building a self-supporting arch
bridge to building catapults. The budding inventors bring home their da Vinci designs and devices at the end of the day.
Shipwrecked Day 1 and Day 2!
Inventing means necessity! Archimedes and Benjamin Franklin both created devices to
make their society function smoother. This day puts children on a deserted island in
which they must work together to invent a means for collecting food and water, build
shelters, bridges, and learn about density. They use the tools at hand to write messages
to send in a bottle and witness a volcanic eruption. The children eventually design a boat to escape the island and bring it home.
Inventing means practicality! Inventions and patents to protect an invention were very popular in the late 1800s. Inventors Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla were locked in several battles over electrical inventions of their era. Children work together to form circuits and recreate Tesla's bright atmosphere for the 1893 World's Fair. They talk about sound and learn that anyone, a child, woman or man, can be an inventor. The class moves from simple devices to Rube Goldberg devices and the children perform as parts of a complex human machine.
Science Fiction. Science Fact (not in 4 day camp)
Inventing means dreaming! Jules Verne and Isaac Asimov wrote about things that would be available in the future. These science fiction writers developed the reality of their current technology into future possibilities. The children develop submarines that rise or sink, wind-up space stations, and design safety capsules for payloads returning from space. The children decipher fact from fiction. These future inventors get a lesson on lasers, build a light stick and work on protecting a space ship from damaging space rays. The camp wraps up with a robotic relay and the children take home dreams of the future and new planets to explore.