The Bethel Park School District was pleased to welcome 2002 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee Dr. Al Langer to Camp Invention!
Dr. Langer is a Pittsburgh native who co-invented the Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD). He visited the 152 students who were participating in Camp Invention at Neil Armstrong Middle School, to see the projects they are working on and to answer some of their questions about the ICD and being an inventor.
The students were excited to meet Dr. Langer, to show off their Camp Invention projects and get his autograph. Camp Counselor Nathan Stutzman was so excited to meet Dr. Langer that he made an "upcycled" ICD and displayed it on a bulletin board welcoming Dr. Langer to Camp Invention. Dr. Langer encouraged the students to stay involved with science by participating in their schools' Science Fairs and other activities that would give them the opportunity to use their brains and hands to develop new technologies to make the world a better place.
This is the third year that Bethel Park has hosted Camp Invention, a national program sponsored by the National Inventors Hall of Fame. The Bethel Park program is a four-day, hands-on STEAM experience for students in grades K-6 and is the largest Camp Invention Program in the South Hills.
Students from 26 area schools attended this camp and participated in a variety of hands-on activities, including building self-driving cars, inventing a vehicle of the future, designing a futuristic dream home with smart furniture and smart energy, building a personalized robotic dog and constructing a one-of-a-kind dog park.
Students were encouraged to use their imaginations to build and take apart machines, and use materials from a "resource room" full of recyclable materials to create items that would help them to complete/enhance their projects.
The program is taught by certified teachers, who are assisted by older students--many of whom participated in past Camp Inventions--who serve as Counselors for the camp. William Penn Teacher Laura Huth is the Camp's Director.
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to see some photos from this year's Camp Invention, including photos from Dr. Langer's visit.