Edison Ford Inventor's Summer Camp

Join the FUN! The Edison Ford Inventor’s Summer Program is back again this year with new and exciting programs!  The Edison Ford is a living lab, where each project or activity challenges campers to think critically, problem solve and work in teams.  The Edison Ford Inventors Summer Program engages students in technology, engineering, science, history and the arts.  Through creative exploration students ask questions and discover the answers for themselves while having fun!  Each week parents are invited Friday at 3PM for an end of week celebration to see all the projects the students completed.  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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Cost

$220 Edison Ford Members
$250 non members  

Registration Information

  • Registration is required
  • Camp registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • Please register early as camps fill quickly
  • Payment plans can be made available by request
  • All payment is due by March 18, 2016
  • 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

Refund Policy

  • Please choose camps carefully as no refunds will be provided after April 29, 2016. 
  • Refunds will not be made available for last minute vacation plans or camper behavioral issues. (See registration forms for guidelines and behavioral contract.)

2016 Inventor's Summer Camps

WEEK 1:  Video Game Design, June 13-June 17

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

 

WEEK 2: Electricity, Circuits and Lighting Design, June 20-June 24

Using engineering, art and science students will build and create an original light system. Students begin to understand how circuits and lights work by exploring the world of electrons. Using creativity, switches, LED’s and Edison’s great invention, the light bulb, a scientific work of art will be created.

 

WEEK 3: Robotics, June 27-July 1

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.

 

WEEK 4: Space and Rockets, July 5-July 8

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 5:  Kitchen Chemistry, July 11-July 15

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 6 & 7: Movie Making Magic, Two week camp-July 18-22 & July 25-29

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. Every camper will receive a DVD of their final film. DVD may have to be mailed after camp concludes.

 

WEEK 8: Smarts In Arts and Science, August 1-August 5

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 2016.

2016 Summer Camp Registration Forms

Junior Counselor Positions

Summer camp counselors work with camp instructors and campers to provide additional instructional support, mentorship, and generally help to keep the camps running smoothly. 

  • $30 cost to cover the training program and Junior Counselor T-shirts (each counselor receives 1 t-shirt)
  • Counselors must be in 7th through 12th grade
  • Junior Counselor positions are enrolled on a competitive basis and require teacher recommendation
  • Each application must be accompanied by a two page essay describing why you would like to be a junior counselor
  • Enrollees will only receive ONE week of camp which equates to 40 hours of volunteer service
  • Each week will be limited to TWO Junior Counselors per class
  • If chosen must attend an orientation meeting on June 4, 2016 from 11am -12pm.
  • Junior Counselors must be signed out by a parent or guardian daily.
  • Application deadline is March 31, 2016

Camp Scholarships

A limited number of summer camp scholarships are available.  Scholarship applications are due no later than March 31, 2016.  Scholarship recipients will be notified by mail.

Contact Leeanne Criswell at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 239-334-7419 with any questions regarding Inventor's Summer Camp.