IUP science and technology campers to visit Inventionland
Just ask the campers who will attend the Electro-Optics Summer Camp at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Northpointe Campus in South Buffalo what they're doing this summer and they'll all tell you the same thing: "We're going to Inventionland."
The science and technology-minded campers will visit Davison's Inventionland in the RIDC Park along Route 28 in O'Hara as part of their experience at this year's camp, IUP officials said.
"Davison's Inventionland has been recognized as one of the most creative facilities in the world," said Kelley Nuttall, outreach and career coordinator for the 2+2+2 workforce leadership program in electro-optics at the IUP Northpointe campus. "The 70,000-square-foot world is where teams of designers, engineers, builders, graphic artists, writers, producers, editors, directors and animators create and produce the ideas of the future."
Nuttall said Inventionland will inspire and spark the imagination of the program's campers. Back on campus, students can then make practical application of what they've learned at Inventionland, she said.
The invention factory, Inventionland, turns out more than 2,000 inventions each year.
Employees at Inventionland work in 16 unique theme sets such as a shipwrecked pirate ship, a faux cave, a giant robot and a castle complete with turrets and drawbridge. The secret entrance to Inventionland is hidden in Thomas Edison's lab.
The inspiring setting includes three running waterfalls, life-like trees and butterflies and chirping birds.
In the rear of Inventionland is a red carpet that leads visitors to an art studio, video and animation studio complete with sound room and one of the largest green screens in the tri-state area.
Real-life production metalworking, woodworking, molding, laser cutting, prototyping, circuit board construction and more take place in the product-sample construction facility.
More information about Inventionland can be found at www.inventionland.com.
IUP at Northpointe is again partnering with the Penn State Electro-Optics Center to sponsor a 2+2+2 Electro-Optics Summer Camp for high school students entering the 10th, 11th or 12th grades this fall.
The Electro-Optics Summer Camp provides hands-on experience for high school students who are interested in technology, science and the high-tech career field of electro-optics.
Students at the camp participate in activities such as electro-optics, lasers, fiber optics, night vision, robotics, wave optics, electronics, holography, forensics, infrared imaging and nanotechnolgy. The campers will use state-of-the-art labs while at the IUP campus.
In addition to the visit to Inventionland, students will see more of the electro-optics applications displayed when they tour the Penn State Electro-Optics Center and local companies FLIR and Dynamic Manufacturing during the camp week.
The five-day, summer day camp, now in its sixth year, is still registering campers for the June 13-17 and June 20-24 weeks.
Nuttall said there is a $25 fee for the camp and interested campers can mail the registration to the IUP campus. Lunch is provided free each day of the camp.
If you go
What: Electro-Optics Summer Camp
Who: Indiana University of Pennsylvania Northpointe Campus
Where : Northpointe Industrial Park in South Buffalo
When: Two camps: June 13-17 and June 20-24
For: High school students entering the 10th, 11th or 12th grades this fall.
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