Updated: 06/27/2014 10:49 PM
Created: 06/27/2014 4:52 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson
School is out for the summer, but the 90 kids enrolled in Camp Invention at Marshall School aren't letting their brains sit idle.
This week, they are inventors.
"This is my car that I built," explained fifth grader, Trevor Lanthier.
The group of first through sixth graders built miniature cars. Lanthier said his car came in second.
The kids also learned about senses, such as taste, touch and sight, and what it takes to enhance them. Some created bionic ears.
"This thing can hear through walls and transmit languages and it goes really far away," said one young inventor.
Others, created bionic hands.
"This part can shoot out whatever you want, even cookies!"
Another classroom looks a bit like a handmade arcade with dozens of pinball machines.
"If you hit the butterfly, it's ten points!"
The theme, of course, is all about bugs.
"I love spiders and worms and I love butterflies and lady bugs," said second graders, Bryn Effinger and Addison Beck.
The kids used cardboard for the base and then took apart old recycled electronics for the other pieces of the pinball machine. Beck said it was pretty tough.
"Making the box and sawing it and putting this stuff in [was the hardest]," she said.
But that's what Camp Director Megan Oswald said the week is all about, challenging the kids while combining science and creativity.
"So when they take apart their devices they are learning how machines work but then they're also learning how to re-purpose these things to make something new and inventive and creative," she explained.
This was Marshall School's second year hosting the camp. Last week, Oswald said Lakewood Elementary also hosted a Camp Invention.
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