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August 1, 2013

Camp Invention combines fun with learning

NEOSHO, Mo. — The technology education building at Crowder College this week has been a hive of activity, with about 40 children in grades one through six participating in Camp Invention.

Judy Hall is directing the camp, which is designed to engage the children in imaginative play to stress science, technology, engineering and math.

On Thursday afternoon, she was preparing the campers for the next game.

“Find one thing that is going to help shield you from water,” Hall said.

The youngsters chose large pieces of cardboard.

“Not only are you trying to stay dry, you’re also trying to get the other team wet,” Hall said.

Each team was provided with a bucket full of water, and sponges and toys that squirt water. The bucket had to remain where it was placed on the ground. Water balloons also were involved.

Hall began: “The driest team will be declared ... ”

“The winner,” several children shouted.

“Or the driest,” Hall said.

“One more rule,” said leadership intern Shelby Eades. “You have to have a lot of fun, OK?”

Eades, a sophomore at Neosho High School, had been a camper when she was younger.

Brayden Hardage, 9, of Neosho, was among those soaked with a water balloon, which he noted with pride.

“I was the first one who got hit with a water balloon,” Brayden said. He added that he also tagged a friend on the other team with a balloon. His team was declared the driest.

Ayla Ton, 11, of Seneca, said that in another project, her team was designing and building a slingshot that would launch a toy duck.

“We’re still trying to figure out how to keep it from falling over,” she said.

She said she also liked playing games outside.

Logan Roughton, 9, of Neosho, said he also liked the toy duck launch project.

Drake Steele, of Granby, and Jed Decker, of Stella, said they built a prototype robot. Both are 11.

“That robot was legit,” Drake said. Jed noted that its arms had fallen off.

Another game was the continental race. Participants as a team raced to plastic cones marked with the names of the continents. The team members were given a characteristic of the continent, and the team had to determine which one was correct.

When the leader called out the continent where the Amazon River is located, Brady Cloud, 8, of Neosho, was the lone member of his team who raced to the South America cone. The other team members ran to the Africa cone. Brady was rewarded for being correct.

Back in the classrooms, leader DeeDee Marcoux told the children about the tools used by vulcanologists — volcano scientists. Their task was to create one of the tools.

Marcoux said her children had participated in the camp when they were younger, so she decided to take part. Her daughter, Katelyn, also was serving as an intern.

Last day

CAMP INVENTION at Crowder College began Monday and wraps up today.

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