June 12, 2012  – Young people in grades K-8 are creating rockets, boats and robots and learning about video effects, chemical reactions and experiments during the Kids Invent!™ summer camps at Fresno State.

Sessions run 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday to Friday, in the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship:

  • Young Inventors (Grades K-3) – June 11-15
  • Digital Videos (Grades 4-8) – June 25-29
  • Science (Grades 4-6) – July 9-13
  • Robotics (Grades 4-8) – July 16-20

The camps promote creativity and empowerment to young people by offering a hands-on learning approach. Kids Invent! also offers after school programs that incorporate science, math, innovation and entrepreneurship in an effort to both teach and prepare children for their futures.

During the Young Inventors session, students learn math and science basics through hands-on projects and how to create chemical reactions, boats and rockets.

Digital Videos session teach basic photography, video production and computer editing skills that will result in the production of a 5- to10-minute movie and a 30-second trailer.

The Science session allows students to work both individually and in groups to create projects and participate in a Science Fair where they will showcase their projects.

During Robotics, students work in teams to build electric models and their final product is their robots using sensors and navigating through mazes.

“The Kids Invent! summer camps give young adults the opportunity to enhance their creativity skills while learning how to apply math and science through problem solving,” said Dr. Timothy Stearns, executive director of the Lyles Center. “The sessions are led by experienced and qualified professionals who provide an enjoyable and stress-free environment to maximize the learning experience and entertainment of the program.”

Kids Invent!™ was developed as a collaborative effort between Dr. Ed Sobey, a nationally-known expert on children’s activity and learning, and Stearns, a national leader in entrepreneurship education.

For more information, call Stefanie Trevino-Gander, the program director, at 559.347.3907 or sgander@csufresno.edu.  To register: www.KidsInventCA.com.