Camp Invention comes to St. Joseph

Heartland Foundation hosted 68 students in grades K-6 for our first ever Camp Invention! Camp was held July 9-13, 2018 at our emPowerU Campus in downtown St. Joseph, MO.

Camp invention is led by experienced local educators and new curriculum is introduced each year, inspired by the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame! Children are presented with fun, hands-on challenges that encourage creative problem solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Take a look at the 2018 program . . .

Robotic Pet Vet

Animal shelters are reporting that malfunctioning robotic dogs have been popping up all over town. Hurry and tell your young inventor to grab their vet kit because there’s only one cure for these pups—innovation! Throughout this module, campers diagnosed puppy problems and designed and built dog parks as they hammered out ideas for the best dog park attraction.

Mod My Mini Mansion™

Campers designed their very own futuristic smart home filled with gadgets, LEDs, technology and innovation! From talking mirrors to toasters that know how to cook their favorite foods, children invented and built models of these smart gadgets and gizmos.


Campers launched into the future with their own Optibot—a small self-driving bot that senses changes in light. Exploring the technology behind transportation, children designed the ultimate futuristic vehicle that might one day be reality!

Stick To It

Campers invented something new every day as they explored what it is like to be a physicist, engineer and entrepreneur. Daily challenges inspired campers to bring their own ideas to the table, think big, persevere and get to the heart of what it means to be an inventor. Young innovators made and crafted solutions to real-world challenges by building their own prototypes and discovering that anything is possible!

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Posted by Mosaic Life Care Foundation on Monday, July 16, 2018

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