Edison & Ford Inventor's Summer Camp



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Edison & Ford Winter Estates Inventor’s Summer Camp space available, enrollment up 21%

Fort Myers, Florida (May 4, 2011) For budding rocket scientists, film makers, animators and science detectives, registration is still open for Estates Inventors’ Summer Camp at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. The Estates is a living lab where every project engages the campers in the sciences, arts, and history to ask questions and discover the answers for themselves while having fun. Three new camps are offered this summer including Super Solar Scientists, Animation in Action, and Smarts in Art. Summer camp enrollment is up 21% over 2010, and although many classes are near capacity, there is still time to register.

Weeklong camps begin June 13 and continue through August 5. Camp hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday. Camps are open for grades 1st – 6th and sessions are separated by grade levels, 1st – 3rd and 4th – 6th. Cost for Estates Members is $200; non members $230. Scholarships are available by calling the Estates at 239-334-7419.

The Estates Inventor Summer Camp schedule is the following:

Eager Engineers, June 13 – June 17
“To be a good inventor you need a good imagination and a pile of junk” said Thomas Edison. The Estate will supply the junk and jump start the imagination. Campers will use recycled materials and develop green inventions, conduct science experiments, participate in balloon car races, build bridges, and more!

Spaceships & Rockets, June 20 – June 24
The final Frontier! Campers will explore the outer reaches of the universe with our resident spaceman. Campers will get to visit planets, collect samples, float on our Lunar Lander, and tons more!

NEW Animation in Action, June 27 – July 1
The perfect mix of science and art. Campers will learn improvisation, comedy techniques and basic acting to develop original characters, write their own story, choose animation styles and make a short film. Discussions are based on positive character traits, conflict resolution, and the power of making good choices. All the films are edited and put on a DVD for participants to take home and share with the whole family.

NEW Super Solar Scientists July 5 – July 8
Be a part of the new solar power project at the Estates. Learn how the Estates powers our Museum, be a part of a solar cook-off, and take on different solar power challenges with our new solar science tools! Learn how you can be a part of changing our future.

ESI – Edison Science Investigation, July 11 – July 15
Thomas Edison, known for his ability to turn normal objects into amazing inventions, made bamboo glow and tinfoil talk. Now it’s your turn! Each day, campers will be presented with a different mystery and they will only be given normal everyday items to solve them. This fun and challenging camp will exercise your mind and body as the clock ticks away to solve the mystery!

Movie Making Magic, July 18 – July 22
Act, direct, operate the camera and build sets. Campers will be fully immersed in the art of filmmaking. Participants will study Foley art (sound effects), movie magic (special effects), and script writing. Campers will understand the basic techniques the pros use to get their ideas on the big screen. After the camp is over each camper will receive a DVD of their film.

Kitchen Chemistry, July 25 - July 29
This mind-boggling camp is a combination of the best experiments the Wild Wizards have to offer. Campers will learn how to take every day things found in the kitchen and make them do amazing things. Top it all off with a solar cookout with hand made ice cream and root beer float party!

NEW Smarts in Art, August 1 – August 5
Have fun expressing yourself through multiple mediums such as legos, post-its, and organic environmental materials. Let your creativity take over while exercising the right side of your brain to learn to see as artists. Friday graduation will be a celebration of creativity with the Edison Inventor’s Summer Camp Art Exhibition 2011.

Registration forms are available on line at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org or may be picked up at the Edison & ford Winter Estates at 2350 McGregor Blvd.
For more information or to sign up contact the Estates Education Department at 239-334-7419.

The Estates is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The Estates is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the web site at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

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The Estates has received a grant from the Florida Legislature through the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, assisted by the Florida Historical Commission.