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South Plainfield’s Invention Project Open to Rising 7th and 8th Graders This Summer

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South Plainfield’s Riley Elementary School will serve as the host site for Invention Project from July 25-July29 for students entering seventh and eighth grade in the fall. Credits: www.InventionProject.org
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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Registration is currently under way for Invention Project, which will take place for the first time this July at South Plainfield’s Riley Elementary School. The program, which will be held Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., is open to students entering seventh and eighth grade in the fall.

Through Invention Project, students will be able to explore circuitry, energy, bioengineering and economics to create smart gear, program a minibot and more. Over the course of the five day program, students will attend a series of 90-minute sessions that work together to create a learning environment with the perfect combination of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), design and entrepreneurial activities.

“We are very happy to bring this program to South Plainfield for the first time this year,” said South Plainfield Middle School Media Specialist Christine Brandenburg, who will serve as director of this summer’s Invention Project program. “Middle school students are already working on these skills during the school year, through STEM, Robotics and MakerSpace programs and we are looking forward to extending this type of innovative learning through this summer enrichment program.”

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Participants will work in teams, conduct research, and pitch a product while collaborating with fellow creative thinkers in a high-energy atmosphere. “While our inventions, prototypes and business interactions are simulated, the knowledge and skills are real, and they last a lifetime,” according to www.InventionProject.org. “At the end of our program, participants walk away with the experience and confidence to become future patent holders and business owners who will make any dream a reality.”

Created by the Ohio-based National Inventors Hall of Fame, Invention Project is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. The program is hosted by local schools, led by certified local teachers and built with essential STEM, 21st century skills, collaboration and problem solving.

“The goal of Invention Project is to promote 21st century skills, to foster teamwork and collaboration and expose students to the design-thinking process, which will be invaluable to this generation as they enter college and careers,” said Brandenburg.

The South Plainfield-based Invention Project at Riley School July 25 through July 29 will be offered under the direction of Brandenburg. Classes will be taught by certified South Plainfield teachers with assistance from South Plainfield High School students who will as leadership interns (counselors).

The cost for Invention Project is $315 for the week with a $15 discount available with promo code ‘SPRING’ for those who register by May 10. Additionally, families registering two siblings living at the same address will receive an additional $25 off per child; families with three siblings will receive a $30 discount per child. Information is available online at http://www.inventionproject.org with registration available at http://inventnow-web.ungerboeck.com/programsearch/program_map.aspx?type=3

Additionally, Riley School will also serve as host to Camp Invention, under the direction of Janine Kupcho, for students entering first through sixth grade in the fall. Information on this program, which will be held the same week at Invention Project, can be found at https://www.tapinto.net/towns/south-plainfield/articles/registration-under-way-for-south-plainfield-based.

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