Tag Archives: High school science projects

Camp Invention Sparks Students’ Interest to Explore STEM

04/04/18 03:00 PM EDT

Leading Summer Camp makes Innovation Relatable and Cool

PR Newswire

NORTH CANTON, OhioApril 4, 2018/PRNewswire/ — Camp Invention® introduces young innovators to invention and innovation in a way that makes them relatable and fun. In the new 2018 program, campers will design a vehicle of the future, take apart a mechanical robot dog to diagnose their puppy problems and build their dream smart home. At the end of the program, each camper will bring home two personalized robots!

Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8244152-camp-invention-students-summer-stem-nihf/

“The Camp Invention experience is that invention is for everyone, and it is pure joy, collaboration and excitement,” said Radia Perlman, inventor of Robust Network Routing and Bridging and 2016 NIHF Inductee. “This is a lesson we should all hold for our entire lives.”

Camp Invention, a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), provides a unique experience for children to learn about the importance of Intellectual Property while exploring, creating and designing. Using hands-on activities, Camp Invention promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning; builds resourcefulness and problem-solving skills; and encourages entrepreneurship — in a fun and engaging environment. Annually, Camp Invention programs benefit more than 140,000 children and partner with nearly 1,700 schools and districts across the nation.

Each year, the program features a new curriculum inspired by some of our nation’s greatest inventors— the NIHF Inductees. This year’s Fast Forward curriculum features several video challenges from these Inductees encouraging children to be confident in their ideas and explore their ability to innovate. These hands-on modules include:

  • Optibot™: Campers will launch into the future with their own Optibot — a small self-driving robot that senses changes in light.
  • Robotic Pet Vet™: Throughout this module, campers nurse their robotic puppy back to health and design and build dog parks as they hammer out ideas for the best park attraction.
  • Mod My Mini Mansion™: Campers will dream up, design and build their very own futuristic smart home filled with gadgets, LEDs, technology and innovations!
  • Stick To It™: Campers will invent something new every day as they explore what it is like to be a physicist, engineer and entrepreneur. Young innovators will invent, make and craft solutions to real-world challenges by building their own prototypes and discovering that anything is possible.

“We learn by experiencing things, not by simply studying things and repeating what we study,” said Federico Faggin, inventor of the microprocessor and 1996 NIHF Inductee. “Providing an environment where children can actually learn about inventing and intellectual property, in a climate of play — that’s an unbelievable thing.”

According to a recent study, “Who Becomes an Inventor in America? The Importance of Exposure to Innovation,” led by Stanford University economist Raj Chetty, early exposure to innovation and inventors who children can relate to, drastically increases a child’s chance of being an innovator. Camp Invention prides itself on providing all of this and more, through its inventor video challenges; Inductee camp site visits; and fun, hands-on activities that enable students to embrace the art of innovation.

“Camp Invention provides students with enrichment space to develop and exercise their creative problem-solving skills and practice innovation by utilizing STEM tools,” said NIHF CEO Mike Oister. “Of equal importance is the National Inventors Hall of Fame’s commitment to changing the paradigm of role models, by integrating Inductee stories into the Camp Invention curriculum.  The Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame are the purveyors of our quality of life, and their stories of scientific breakthroughs and technological discoveries provide Camp participants with real-life superhero mentors who inspire them to better change their own worlds.”

Local programs are facilitated and taught by certified educators who reside and teach in the community. To find a camp near you, visit our Camp Finder or for additional information, visit www.campinvention.org.

Join the Camp Invention conversation and help invent the future of our nation by using #CampInvention on social media!

About Camp Invention
Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. Through hands-on programming, Camp Invention encourages children entering kindergarten through sixth grade to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum inspired by some of the world’s greatest inventors. Camp Invention is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. This nationwide, nonprofit organization is committed to the curious minds and innovative spirits of the past, present and future. Since 1990, our education programs have served more than 1.3 million children, and 125,000 teachers and Leadership Interns. For more information, visit www.campinvention.org.

The Best High School Science Projects

Good ol’ high school science projects. They often end up being some of the most memorable activities one completes during years of education. Giving students a chance to exercise their creativity while engaging in practical learning, a good high school science project combines knowledge, experimentation, and fun activities into one package. While every project should fall within the guidelines provided for each assignment (meaning not all of the assignments listed below will be appropriate in every instance), we’ve put together a list of some of the most fun and creative high school science projects.

Measuring the Reactivity of Alkali Metals in Water

For the student who loved making baking soda volcanoes in grade school, this is a high-school-appropriate project that’s just a little explosive. Or, if you use cesium, VERY explosive! (In other words, DO NOT use cesium for this experiment). Alkali metals tend to have violent reactions when exposed to water, giving students a chance to predict the outcome of different combinations of alkalis in different levels or types of water. Just be sure to check with your science teacher which alkali metals are safe to use, and be sure to take all necessary safety guidelines. Also, see if you can record the reactions and show them to the class; they are bound to be entertained by the different reactions!

Determining the Perfect Proportions for Catalysts

If there’s a particular chemical reaction involving the use of catalysts that a student is interested in, this experiment gives them a chance to perform it multiple times, and to experiment with it in ways that produce different results. It’s simple enough to complete: choose a chemical reaction involving a catalyst, predict how the reaction will be affected when different amounts of catalyst are used, and then test the results. Perform the experiment enough times to come to an accurate conclusion on the perfect proportion of the catalyst to use, and … voila!

Construct a Balsa Wood Tower

If a science project calls for the demonstration of engineering principles, constructing a balsa wood tower is a great way to build impressive looking structures that are within a high school student’s means to build. Depending on the guidelines for the experiment, the project can measure how different construction techniques affect how much weight a structure can support, how high it can be built while still maintaining structural integrity, etc. This is a great project for students who love to build, and who want to show off their creativity and building skills. Draw up an interesting design, or model it after a famous structure, and then see if your design hold up and can survive past being converted from paper to real life.

Looking for other ideas? How about testing color absorption by exposing different metals to flame? Or studying how electromagnets affect plant growth? With a little creativity and guidance, these are all projects that are within an average high school student’s ability, and should be interesting enough to keep them engaged with the learning process.

Contact Scientific Notebook Company today at 800-537-3028 for all your scientific notebook and supplies needs.