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McKeesport Area students share creative ideas through Camp Invention

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 7:27 a.m.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News
McKeesport Area fourth-grader Aliyah Berger, left, releases her hand-crafted car onto the ramp of an obstacle course during the final day of Camp Invention at Twin Rivers Primary/Intermediate School.

Incoming fourth- through seventh-graders in McKeesport Area schools harnessed their creativity and critical thinking skills for summer science programming.

Approximately 30 students gathered for 10 days at Twin Rivers Primary/Intermediate School for Camp Invention, which includes hands-on experiments that foster science, technology, engineering and math skills.

In their base camp's “Morphed” theme, students worked in groups to play games and complete cross-curricular tasks.

Daily activities included “Amplified,” where students explored the five senses to uncover nature's blueprint. In “Super Go,” students entered a vehicle design lab to explore energy, fuel and movement. In “I Can Invent: Pinbug,” they took apart machines to build insect-themed pinball machines. In “Energized,” students participated in high-energy games.

Teachers Jamie Lusebrink and Sherry Yocco said the activities are geared toward building 21st century learning skills.

“It builds their collaboration skills, their creativity and their curiosity through science,” Lusebrink said.

Teachers said Camp Invention brings out the science in everything.

“Their creative minds are very unique for fourth-, fifth-, sixth- and seventh-graders,” teacher Ed Camic said. “Their ideas have blown us away from the beginning to the end of camp.”

Students said the camp was a fun opportunity to work together and learn new things.

“I liked that everyone came together to bring stuff, take stuff apart and build stuff,” seventh-grader Austin Goldinger said. “I liked working with all the other kids, because all their ideas were different.”

Classmate Hailey Morgart said teamwork was a big part of the camp's success.

“We all incorporated each other's ideas into what we did,” Hailey said. “Everyone had a good idea, and we put them all together.”

Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1956, or jvertullo@tribweb.com.

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