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Young Inventors Get to Work at PAL Camp

Instructor Ms. Suzanne with 3rd and 4th grade campers

Instructor Ms. Suzanne with 3rd and 4th grade campers

Engineer Nicole from McKean Defense Group helping campers take apart a computer

Engineer Nicole from McKean Defense Group helping campers take apart a computer

More than forty PAL youngsters attended Camp Invention, a week-long science camp which kicked off July 15, 2013. First through sixth grade campers participated in interactive lessons to invent new machines, solve environmental issues throughout the world and explore natural elements.

Youngsters traveled around the world to study extreme attributes of geographical landmarks. Campers learned about the Sahara desert and used recyclable materials to create insulators to prevent their tools from overheating.

Volcano explosions at Camp Invention

Volcano explosions at Camp Invention

They climbed in elevation to Mount Everest where they examined different types of rocks and built towers measuring up to 117 inches tall. Atlas activities concluded at the Dead Sea where youngsters learned about buoyancy and created unique animals that can withstand salt water.

Campers deconstructed old electronics to invent rubber duck-launching machines called Duck Chuckers. Engineers from McKean Defense Group collected items and helped the kids safely take apart the electronics. Participants also learned about constellations, made volcanoes, designed bridges, created solar powered boats and more!

Engineer Mark helping Jada from Southwest PAL deconstruct electronics

Engineer Mark helping Jada from Southwest PAL deconstruct electronics

Camp Invention wrapped up with an Inventors’ Showcase on Friday where families and friends from McKean Defense Group were invited to see everything campers created throughout the week. Everyone received patent certificates for their Duck Chuckers and awards for outstanding participation.

PAL thanks McKean Defense Group and contributions through Pennsylvania’s EITC Program to make this year’s Camp Invention an astounding success.

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