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Children investigate a crime scene at Camp Invention

Children will have the opportunity to investigate a make-believe crime scene; create exciting new games; design boats, hovercrafts and gliders; and transform ordinary household items into extraordinary inventions when the Camp Invention program arrives in Sussex this summer. The program is scheduled for July 30-Aug. 3 at Maple Avenue Elementary School.

Camp Invention, open to children entering first through sixth grades, fosters creativity, teamwork, inventive-thinking skills and science literacy. The program was created in 1990 by the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation and receives support from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Jodi Rupnow, Maple Avenue second grade teacher, is camp director and will head a staff of local instructors and counselors. The camp features a low staff-camper ratio of one staff member for every eight campers.

“Parents will find that this year’s Camp Invention program provides a magical mix of creative exercises that encourages brainstorming, teamwork and problem solving,” said Jodi Rupnow. “Children who attend Camp Invention learn to think outside of the box. No matter how old they are, they continue to build age-appropriate inventive-thinking skills that we hope will lead them to be among the great critical thinkers of the future. ”

The $219 registration fee includes instruction by local licensed teachers, daily snacks and a T-shirt.. Each program is limited to 110 children. For more information or to register your child for this program, visit or call 800-968-4332.