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PAL’s Youngest Inventors Enjoy Week-Long Summer Camp

Seventy PAL youngsters attended Camp Invention during the week of August 18th to round out a summer of fun programming. First through seventh graders participated in interactive lessons to invent new machines, solve complex problems, and explore the impact of natural elements on various designs.

Campers learned about innovation by morphing their creations in each class. They assembled robotic cars, then changed certain attributes to make them fly and travel under water. They also made bug-themed pinball machines with donated recycled materials. Their “Pinbug” machines had a ball launcher, flippers and various obstacles that players navigated to score bonus points. Engineers from McKean Defense Group volunteered throughout the week to assist campers with safely deconstructing recycled electronics to use in their inventions.

Camp Invention wrapped up with an Inventors’ Showcase on Friday. Family, friends, and representatives from the Mayor’s Office of Innovation saw everything campers created throughout the week. Everyone received patent certificates for their Pinbug machines and awards for outstanding participation.

PAL thanks McKean Defense Group, and everyone who donated materials, for their continued support of Camp Invention.

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