2019 Camp Invention Summer Program


    Camp Invention is a free program, and will be held this summer at various schools around the district (Carmichael, Charles Peck, Howe, Mariposa and Thomas Edison).  The program is a nationally recognized nonprofit summer enrichment program for Kindergarteners through 8th grade that is inspired by the brightest thinkers around - the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.  Camp Invention offers students varied opportunities to expand their problem solving and innovative skills and strategies through real life problem-based learning activities. In addition, the San Juan EL Staff will be supplementing the program with literacy and integrated ELD lessons to build academic language and the ability to engage in academic discourse.



    June 18 – July 3, 2019

    For students entering Grades 1-5

    8:30 am – 3:00 pm



    2019 Camp Invention projects include:

    Innovation Force®

    Children team up with the Innovation Force, a group of National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees who have been transformed into superheroes, to battle the evil Plagiarizer, a supervillain who is out to steal the world’s ideas. As children create a device to retrieve the stolen ideas, they learn about the importance of collaboration and patents. Participants will:

    • Engage with inventors in a relatable and exciting way
    • Design, build and market an invention to aid the Innovation Force and their noble cause
    • Learn the basics of intellectual property and the importance of protecting one’s ideas


    Deep Sea Mystery

    Children embark on a research adventure at sea, but soon find themselves stranded on an island. Using lessons and advice from NIHF Inductees, children work in teams to invent island-survival tools and underwater equipment and navigate their way back home. Participants will:

    • Explore navigation techniques using the constellations by creating a Little Dipper Lamp Projector to take home, which helps find the North Star
    • Use group work to build confidence and collaboration skills as campers work in teams to solve real-world problems
    • Build and design miniature boats that must float and carry pieces of cargo


    Farm Tech

    Children manage their own farm as they learn the basics of running a business. With the assistance of Bot-ANN-E, a programmable robot, campers learn fundamental coding techniques to maximize their time and profits and perform mock DNA experiments to check the health of their cattle. Participants will:

    • Play the role of a farmer and tackle the real-world economic challenges of running a farm and business
    • Program a robot to conduct the practical tasks of running a farm and explore the power and efficiency of automated tasks
    • Explore DNA and learn how doctors and scientists determine the health of people and animals


    DIY Orbot

    Children explore frequency, circuit boards, motors and gears as they use real tools to reverse engineer a remote-controlled DIY Orbot. Throughout the week, campers will adapt their DIY Orbot to perform increasingly challenging tasks from sports to art. Participants will:

    • Work together in teams to overcome each day’s unique challenge, culminating in the creation of a large obstacle course
    • Learn basic engineering skills by taking apart their robot to better understand its inner workings
    • Use engineering design principles to adapt their robot to each day’s new activity


    Student applications are due by May 1, 2019.


    If you would like to print out and complete an application, please use links below.




    San Juan Unified District Office: OSLA

    3738 Walnut Ave, Carmichael CA 95608

    Attention: Rosemary Reboin


    *First priority will be given to EL and Title 1 students.





Last Modified on May 15, 2019