Inventor's Camps: Middle School Activity

Middle school students participate in inventor's camps in which they design and create a product. 

Students work on computer aided design, electronics and teamwork in a typical Inventor's Camp.  At left, an IVCC Leadership student helps a middle school girl learn Solid Modeling software to construct a box that will hold either an electronic buzzer or a light.  In addition to learning how the software works and the principles of design, the student also experience the rapid prototyping machine (3D printer) in action as it builds a box.  At the right, a boy assembles a buzzer or light to fit into the box.  With help from IVCC electronic students on the Leadership Team, he will solder the electronic components.  Before working with the wiring, he has already learned how electronic circuits work and used software to design his own circuits (see photo below).

In addition to hands-on CAD and electronics exercises, Inventor's Camp students also participate in teamwork exercises to emphasize the importance of good teamwork skills in engineering and engineering technology careers. 

Dorene Perez helps students with
the Solid Modeling software used
to design the boxes that will
house the buzzers or lights.

Jim Gibson explains electronic circuits
and gives middle school students an
opportunity to design their own in the
electronics lab on campus.


Co-Principal Investigator Sue Caley Opsal, Anatomy and Physiology Instructor, Email:


Illinois Valley Community College
815 North Orlando Smith Avenue
Oglesby, IL 61348
PHONE: 815-224-2720
FAX:  815-224-3033