Edison Ford Inventor's Summer Camp

Join the FUN! Inventor’s Summer Camp is back again this year with new and exciting programs!  Edison Ford is a living lab, where each project or activity challenges campers in the sciences, art, history and nature to ask questions and discover the answers for themselves while having fun!   Two camps are being held each week and are separated by grade levels (1st – 3rd/ 4th – 6th).  Camps are located in the air-conditioned Edison Education Center located in the Edison Caretaker’s House from 9AM – 4PM.

Inventor's Summer Program

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Camp Registration

Camp registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, with limited space still available. Please register early as camps fill quickly. Payment plans can be made available by request.  All payment is due by March 15, 2014.  Registration forms and payment may be hand delivered to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates during regular hours, daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration forms may be mailed with a check or credit card information to:

        Edison & Ford Winter Estates
        ATTN: Education Department, Inventor’s Summer Camp
        PO Box 2368 Fort Myers, FL 33902

Registration is required.

2014 Summer Camp Registration Form

2014 Inventor's Summer Camps

(For dates marked "FULL" please call for waitlist information.)
Week 1: Smarts In Art and Science, June 2 - June 6  **FULL All grade levels**

Have fun expressing yourself through multiple mediums like 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 2014.

Week 2: Video Game Design, June 9 - June 13  **FULL all grade levels**

Video Game Design combines technology with art where students program computer to animate their story, and characters.  Students work in small group teams, learn about character development, and the basic of programming code.  

Week 3: Movie Making Magic, June 16 - June 20 **FULL all grade levels""

Act, direct, operate the camera, and build sets.  Campers will be fully immersed in the art of film-making.  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.  Every camper will receive a DVD of their final film.

Week 4: Kitchen Chemistry, June 23 - June 27 **FULL all grade levels**

This mind-boggling camp is a combination of the best experiments the Wild Wizard has to offer.  Campers will learn how to take everyday things found in the kitchen and make them do amazing things.  Top it off with a cookout including home-made ice cream and root beer floats!

Week 5:  Space and Rockets, June 30 - July 3 **FULL all grade levels**

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, build rockets, and a lot more.

Week 6: Physics In Motion, July 7 - July 11 **Full all grade levels**

Get up and start moving while we have fun with physics through mini-golf, rocket cars, slinky sound effects and other challenges that exercise the mind and body.  This camp will explore the world large and small, from atoms to outer space.  Learning was never this much fun!

Week 7: Eager Engineers, July 14 - July 18  **FULL all grade levels**

"To be a good inventor you need a good imagination and a pile of junk," said Thomas Edison.  Edison Ford 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.

Week 8 & 9: Robotics, July 21 - July 25 & July 28 - August 1 (Same Camp Repeated) **FULL all grade levels, week 8 and 9**

Explore the world of robotics by designing, building and programming robots of all different sizes and shapes.  Students will work in teams as they learn new applications of robotic technologies.  Robots stay at Edison Ford.

NEW!!!  Week 10:  Edison Story Book Writing, August 4 - August 8
                   Week 11:  Ford Story Book Writing, August 11 - August 15

Become an author and illustrator at Edison Ford and create a book to share.  Week one focuses on stories about Thomas Edison's fascinating inventions and week two explores Henry Ford's exciting life.  Students will work in teams to write and illustrate books about the great inventors.  Students will have the opportunity to work with computers and learn from local artists and authors. Family and friends are invited Friday at 2:30 PM for a special Edison Ford Book Fair presentation from each group.

Contact the Edison Ford Education Department at 239-334-7419 with any questions regarding Inventor's Summer Camp.