Fun at Camp Invention

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By Jesef Williams

Hannah Powell emerged looking like she had just been dunked in a swimming pool.

The rising North Elementary School second-grader had just finished playing a game at Discovery School’s Camp Invention.

In the game, she used a shield to fend off water that was being tossed in her direction. Students who played the game made their shields from construction paper.

It was one of many activities that more than 100 students from the Lancaster County School District’s nine elementary schools participated in during the week-long camp. The students delved into their creative side to complete the tasks last week.

Activities included Viking Treasure Trek, Comic Book Science, Land Sled X-treme, Fantasy Inventions and Recess Remix.

One classroom resembled a junk yard old, with electronic scraps scattered about.

This was home to Fantasy Inventions, where students used old home appliances and gadgets, such as phones and CD players, to create devices that could crack a plastic egg.

Bradon Adams, a rising sixth-grader at Andrew Jackson Middle School, considered the activity one of his favorites.

“You learn how to use your mind in good ways to invent something,” he said.

Discovery School has sponsored the camp for two years now. It was created by the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation

Camp director Lori Yarborough, who works at Discovery School, said this year’s camp focused on problem-solving skills and cooperation.

“The big plus is all nine elementary schools (in the district) are coming together,” she said. “It is the highlight of the year for me.”

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com  or at (803) 283-1152