CEHS fosters future innovators during Camp Invention

Jun 17, 2024 | Education and Human Sciences, General News

The College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS) welcomed 60 students to Louisiana Tech University to participate in Camp Invention.

This weeklong summer program features STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities catered to multiple grade levels and encourages students to learn through trial and error, enhancing their inventive thinking skills without the fear of failing. The program focuses on students entering 1st through 7th grade as campers and those in 8th through 11th grade as leaders in training.

“Participation in just one week of Camp Invention results in significant short and long-term improvements for children in skills needed for the classroom and future jobs,” Director Hannah Lewis said. “We have loved the experience so far and are excited to continue this partnership in the coming years.”

The partnership between Camp Invention and CEHS not only benefits the young students but also enriches the surrounding community. Faculty and staff involved in the camp witness firsthand the transformative impact it has on the participants, sparking their interest in STEM fields and higher education.

“Having these campers here exposes them to the University and allows them to see what STEM is about,” said Lewis. “Being involved in an activity like Camp Invention on campus increases the probability of these students choosing to attend college at Louisiana Tech.”

“STEM concepts and content are critically important for the next generation of leaders to understand,” Dr. Lindsey Keith-Vincent, associate dean for research, outreach, and innovation, said. “What is even more critical is ensuring learners hone necessary skills and competencies to apply that knowledge in settings where students engage in real world problem solving. The model that Director Lewis and her instructors are implementing during Camp Invention allows youth to explore, learn, and grow in both of these areas.”

Camp Invention’s commitment to fostering the next generation of innovators showcases the importance of early exposure to STEM education and its role in shaping the future of young students.

For more information on Camp Invention and future events, contact Hannah Lewis at 318.331.0353 or