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Camp Invention Provides Learning and Fun for Children at SUNY Canton

Monday, July 21st, 2014

A summer day camp at SUNY Canton can help area children become inventors.

SUNY Canton will be hosting Camp Invention from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. beginning July 28. The weeklong program will be held in the college’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Camp Invention, a program of Invent Now, is designed for youth in first through sixth grades. It provides students with the opportunity to cultivate the concepts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The “Morphed!” theme this year focuses on objects, minerals and organisms that change or can be changed.

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ALL SMILES – Nadia L. Cheng of Potsdam, Nicolas C. Kelson of Potsdam, Douglas G. Welsh of Canton, and Noah G. Bohl of Potsdam grin after completing the living quarters of the city.

“We supply the environment and resources for children to release their imaginations,” said Ronald J. Tavernier, an assistant professor who teaches biology at SUNY Canton. “We are always amazed at the creativity and innovation students bring to Camp Invention.”

Tavernier is one of several faculty and staff members who help coordinate the annual program. SUNY Canton has hosted Camp Invention since 2011. The college offers the program to help increase students’ exposure to STEM programs at an early age.

The program features different modules where students will attempt to discover solutions to problems. Each module is a hands-on experience that emphasizes exploration, discovery and creativity. Children will present their findings and inventions to family and friends at an inventors’ showcase at the end of the week.

The curriculum is designed for students in grades 1-6. All of the sessions are led by certified teachers from the area.

The cost of Camp Invention is $220 a week per student. Families registering two siblings save $25 per child. Families enrolling three or more children will receive $50 off per child.

Parents should register their children as soon as possible to ensure that they can participate. Register online at www.campinvention.org, or by calling 1-800-968-4332.

For more information regarding the program, contact Melissa Michno at (315) 323-0665.

 

About SUNY Canton 

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Creative Minds Make Discoveries at SUNY Canton’s Camp Invention

Monday, July 30th, 2012

SUNY Canton’s first week of Camp Invention had students building model cities out of recycled materials.

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ALL SMILES – Nadia L. Cheng of Potsdam, Nicolas C. Kelson of Potsdam, Douglas G. Welsh of Canton, and Noah G. Bohl of Potsdam grin after completing the living quarters of the city.

Each group of four or five students was given a piece of cardboard to design a portion of a city. When they were complete, the cardboard, Styrofoam and duct tape creations were interlocked to create an entire metropolis. Students augmented their creations with magnets, and electric components.

LIGHT IT UP - Elyse M. Tavernier of Canton connects a battery and a small light bulb to one of her group’s buildings.

Other activities included an indoor hockey match using all homemade equipment.

Camp Invention runs until Friday August 3 in the Miller Campus Center.

 

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SUNY Canton’s Camp Invention Near Capacity

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

SUNY Canton’s popular Camp Invention program is filling up fast. Only a small number of spots remain for students from grades one to six.

The registration for the first weeklong science and math-based day-camp program is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 23, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center The second section will begin at the same time the following Monday, July 30.

“Camp Invention really makes students think and engages their creativity,” Ronald Tavernier a SUNY Canton biology instructor and camp organizer. “From an educator’s standpoint, I see it as a way to make learning science fun.”

This is the second year that SUNY Canton has hosted the science and math-based learning camp, presented by Invent Now.

The cost of Camp Invention is $200 a week per student. Participants can sign up for both weeks.

Parents should enroll their children as soon as possible to ensure that they can participate. There are three ways to register: on-line at www.campinvention.org, or by calling 1-800-968-4332. The application form is also available by emailing Tavernier at tavernier@canton.edu.

 

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Popular ‘Camp Invention’ Coming to SUNY Canton this Summer

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Time machine adventures and bringing robotic creatures to life are just two of the projects students will embark on this summer during Camp Invention.

SUNY Canton will host the week-long day camp and site organizers have added an additional week to this year’s program due to the popularity of last year’s event. The first week will be held July 23 through July 27, while the second week will begin July 30 and conclude Aug. 3. The camp will be held in the College’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

The curriculum for this year is brand new and participants can register for either week or both weeks. Each session will feature different modules and will be capped at 60 students. Students entering grades one through six are eligible to participate.

Camp Invention, a program of Invent Now, provides participants with the opportunity to help cultivate the ideas critical to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by encouraging exploration and curiosity through innovative projects and collaborative hands-on activities.

Each five-day session includes four themed modules where participants will work in teams and explore, discover and creatively solve problems. Children will have a chance to present their findings and inventions to family and friends at the Inventors’ Showcase at the end of the week.

Ronald J. Tavernier, Jr., assistant professor of biology at SUNY Canton, and Mary E. Graham, a faculty member from Clarkson University, are the site organizers again this year.

“The feedback we received last year was entirely positive,” Tavernier said. “We had parents tell us they had been searching for a fun, engaging educational camp for their kids and we look forward to bringing that opportunity to more North Country students again this year.”

Last year, more than 80 children from across New York State let their creative sides run wild during the camp. Participants came from at least 12 local school districts including Canton, Clifton-Fine, Gouverneur, Hermon-DeKalb, Heuvelton, Lisbon, Madrid-Waddington, Norwood-Norfolk, Parishville-Hopkinton, Ogdensburg, Massena, and Potsdam. Students traveled from as far away as Buffalo to take part in the program.

Both Tavernier and Graham are working with local business owners to raise money that will help students who may not be able to pay the entire cost of the program.

“Last year, we had five students with financial need who were able to attend the camp because of the generosity of local community members and the St. Lawrence County American Association of University Women,” Tavernier said. “We’re hopeful that local business owners will give money towards these scholarships so anyone who wants to participate in Camp Invention has the ability to do so.”

Local certified teachers and educators also have the opportunity to engage in the program. Tavernier and Graham are currently accepting applications for instructors. They will also be accepting applications for counselor positions. Those interested in any position should apply no later than Friday, Mar. 30.

Camper registration is open and has already begun filling up. The cost of the program is approximately $200 per child for one week and participants can sign up for both weeks. The registration fee is discounted by $25 until March 30 and families enrolling three or more children will receive $50 off, per child. The early bird discount and family discount cannot be combined.

There are three ways to register: on-line at www.campinvention.org, by fax or mail or by telephone at 1-800-968-4332. The application form is also available by emailing Tavernier at tavernier@canton.edu or here.

For more information regarding the program, applying for a position or making a contribution, please contact Tavernier by email or at (315) 386-7986. Parents who are interested in volunteering with the camp should contact Graham at graham@clarkson.edu.

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Camp Invention Underway at SUNY Canton

Monday, July 18th, 2011

More than 80 children from across New York State are letting their creative sides run wild at SUNY Canton as part of a week-long day camp focused on innovation and hands-on learning.

Camp Invention, a program of Invent Now, is underway on the College’s campus and will conclude on Friday, July 22. The camp is being held in the North Country for the first time and is for students entering grades one through six.

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Roody the Roo visits with campers during their first day of Camp Invention.

The program includes themed modules where they will work in teams and explore, discover and create solutions to certain problems. Participants will have a chance to present their findings and inventions to family and friends at an Inventors’ Showcase at the end of the week.

Participants hail from at least 12 local school districts including Canton, Clifton-Fine, Gouverneur, Hermon-DeKalb, Heuvelton, Lisbon, Madrid-Waddington, Norwood-Norfolk, Parishville-Hopkinton, Ogdensburg, Massena, and Potsdam. Students have traveled from as far away as Buffalo to take part in the program.

Before registration opened earlier in the spring, organizers were told to expect around 30 students to sign up since the camp is new to the area, but enrollment skyrocketed and nearly tripled the original estimate.

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Noah Bohl, 9, and Tommy Sauer, 8, both of Potsdam, work with Douglass Welsh, 7, of Canton on an improvised spacecraft made from cardboard tubes, bubble wrap, and masking tape at SUNY Canton’s Camp Invention.

“The number of students in the program being held at SUNY Canton far exceeds the expected numbers for a program in its first year,” said Lori Byrne, senior regional program manager at Invent Now.

Camp Invention Director April Barnes, a teacher at Potsdam High School and a cross country coach, is being assisted by four teachers, five camp counselors, and several parent volunteers who are helping with the many young forward-thinkers.

“We have a wonderful team of enthusiastic educators who will help teach the children math and science in an innovative and a hands-on way,” Barnes said. “We are just as excited as the kids are about the week.”

Interested parents and students made sure to keep this week open in their busy summer plans. “We decided to return home from our vacation early so our son could attend,” said Melanie Sauer of Potsdam. “This is such a high quality and amazing program that we did not want to miss it.”

“We knew immediately we would sign our daughter up for the camp,” said Robin Rhodes-Crowell of Canton. “Research shows girls generally score lower in math and science as they get older.  Naomi loves inventing, science, creating, and exploring and we want to keep it that way. Programs such as Camp Invention are a great way for her to keep her excitement while learning and growing all at the same time.”

Five attendees with financial need were awarded scholarships that allowed them to attend the program. Two students received scholarships from Open Windows for Girls, a program of the St. Lawrence County American Association of University Women, while the others were sponsored by community members.

In keeping with the “green” theme of the Camp Invention program, the Potsdam Wal-Mart donated 80 reusable water bottles to help keep Camp Invention participants hydrated during the week.

Ronald J. Tavernier, Jr. and David Barnes, both faculty members at SUNY Canton, and Mary E. Graham, a faculty member from Clarkson University, are the site organizers.

For more information about Camp Invention, visit www.campinvention.com.

 

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