VERSAILLES, Ky. (FOX 56) – For more than 30 years, the National Inventors Hall of Fame has hosted a summer learning program called Camp Invention, with the goal of turning curious kids into innovative thinkers.

Day one of camp was held at Southside Elementary School in the Woodford County School District. The whole week will include various STEAM related activities like robotic aquatics and marble arcades for example.

The different scenarios are designed to have students create their own inventions to clear certain challenges. In the past, students brought in various items like printers to take them apart and see the inner workings.

In 2022, students will have everything they need on-site, so the experience will be the same for all students.

“Over time, Camp Invention felt like not all kids had access to the different kinds of take apart items, or those things available, so they have now included in one of the classes and sometimes multiple, a take apart item that is the same for all kids so they get an equal opportunity to take apart something, dissect it, and look at the inside pieces,” said Camp Invention director Yvonne Edenstrom.

The program is known to have a long-lasting impact on students. Former campers are coming back as high schoolers to help guide the young campers through the process.

“We have had past students who have been camp invention campers come back as leadership interns in high school and really have been a part of the program. We even have some students who are coming back. We have a college student coming back this week who is part of Camp Invention,” Edenstrom said.

In 2022, more than 80 campers have registered for Camp Invention at this school, including students from all parts of Kentucky.