I Just Signed My Kids Up for Camp Invention- Here’s Why

*This post is sponsored by Camp Invention®, all opinions are 100% my own.

Like many parents, I’ve got a number of concerns bouncing around my head these days. One of the big ones is whether my kids will actually go back to school at all this year– and what that could mean for them academically.

I’m worried about all the learning they’re missing out on while their schools are closed. Every summer we talk about guarding against the infamous “summer slide”. Will there be a much larger Coronavirus slide this year instead?

Another thing I was discussing with my neighbor yesterday, is how odd it feels not to have anything to look forward to right now. No school or sporting events, no family vacations- just a whole lot of the same stretching out before us for weeks and weeks. And if that feeling is affecting me, I’m sure it’s also affecting my kids.

Which is why I wanted to share with you something exciting I did recently to address both of those concerns. I once again partnered with our all-time-favorite summer camp, Camp Invention®, and signed up my 5th grade son, 3rd grade daughter, and kindergartener son.

Psst: Through the end of March use promo code: WEALLCANSTEM25 to save $25 on your Camp Invention registration and be entered to win a camp visit and a personalized letter from a groundbreaking female inventor.

More information on the “We All Can STEM” campaign is available here.

This will be our third summer participating in this amazing camp and, as I’ve written before, it’s the only camp I’m willing to commit to driving over an hour a day for my kids to attend.

There are A LOT of things that we love about Camp Invention, one of the biggest being their commitment to closing the gender gap in innovation. That’s such an important message for both my daughter and my sons to see playing out in real life!

Diverse perspectives are needed to solve the world’s biggest challenges, but currently, women and girls are underrepresented in STEM fields. Though girls and boys show similar interest in these subjects during elementary school, a UNESCO study found only 30% of female students worldwide select STEM-related fields in higher education, and a 2017 study found that by age 15, just 42% of the girls surveyed said they would consider a career in STEM. 

Innovation- and STEM-based camps such as Camp Invention are an important tool to introduce children to innovators and careers they can relate to and see themselves in, explained Jayme Cellitioci, National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) creativity and innovation strategist.

Camp Invention guides children of all genders to appreciate the value of others’ ideas as well as their own, and it connects children with NIHF Inductees — diverse role models who prove that there are no limitations on who can and should engage in STEM. 

According to Jayme Cellitioci, National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) creativity and innovation strategist, Innovation- and STEM-based camps such as Camp Invention are an important tool to introduce children to innovators and careers they can relate to and see themselves in.

That’s the mission behind a new initiative launched by the NIHF in conjunction with Women’s History Month: We All Can STEM.Camp Invention plays its role by guiding children of all genders to appreciate the value of others’ ideas as well as their own, and it connects children with NIHF Inductees — diverse role models who prove that there are no limitations on who can and should engage in STEM. 

Camp Invention guides children of all genders to appreciate the value of others’ ideas as well as their own, and it connects children with NIHF Inductees — diverse role models who prove that there are no limitations on who can and should engage in STEM. 

Photo courtesy of National Inventors Hall of Fame/Camp Invention

Camp Invention provides a unique experience for children to make discoveries about the importance of intellectual property while exploring, creating and designing. Camp promotes STEM learning; builds confidence, leadership, perseverance, resourcefulness and problem-solving skills; and encourages entrepreneurship — in an exciting and engaging environment. 

I have been blown away over the last two summers by how appealing this camp has proven to be for my kids.

My daughter is traditional more of an art-lover but she was ecstatic when she heard she’s going again. I was also worried that last year would be too early to start with my son, who was only 5. But he also loved it and couldn’t wait to go back each morning.

I think their secret sauce is really knowing how to engage and connect with kids of all ages, genders, and interests. My daughter might not be particularly into robotics but she loves caring for animals so the build-your-own-robot-pet module was right up her ally.

I’m really excited to be signing up my kids once again, both to have something to look forward to and to ensure that they’ll get some much needed STEM learning in from experts this summer.

Don’t forget, you can grab your spot here for $25 off using the code: WEALLCANSTEM25 now through the end of March!


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I Just Signed My Kids Up for Camp Invention- Here’s Why