Curiosity and innovation are running wild at North East ISD’s Camp Invention for Gifted and Talented (GT) students. More than 100 elementary students are collaborating, engineering and creating their own inventions through four exciting challenges at Coker Elementary School. Each day students have been tasked with inventing their own equipment, collaborating with their peers, establishing their own patents, and even engineering robots to follow their commands.
Sylvia Sauter, a GT Teacher at Wetmore Elementary School and NEISD parent, is teaching at Camp Invention this week and can already see the benefits.
“From a parent perspective, this is an absolute dream,” said Sauter. “The students are able to be with each other and to have someone who thinks the same way they do is an incredible opportunity that they need. Now they’re getting that experience for a whole week, and having fun while they’re at it.”
Camp Invention has something for everyone and incorporates fun activities involving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). It’s also a great way for NEISD students to build relationships.
“Students from all over the District are here this week,” said Laura Newberger, GT Teacher at Stone Oak Elementary School. “These kids will be together in middle school and high school in their GT classes so it’s a great way for them to build these relationships early on while learning more about STEM, STEAM and all types of different discovery thinking.”
While NEISD GT teachers are leading the camp, high school and middle school volunteers from across the District also had an opportunity to help the young campers with their projects.