Camp Invention

April 29, 2017

CAFF priorities met: Engaging Youth and Young People; Building Local Leadership; Energizing Entrepreneurship


Emily Delp, Elementary High Ability Learner (HAL) Coordinator, wanted to expand the opportunity for local students to attend Camp Invention, a national K-6 STEM driven summer camp hosted at Lost Creek Elementary.  She sought the help of the Columbus Area Future Fund (formerly Columbus Area Community Foundation Fund) to help provide scholarships with the intention of growing attendance and providing opportunities for those due to financial concerns could not otherwise attend.  CAFF approved a grant of $5,000 to this project which will take place June 12-15, 2017.  

Camp Invention develops creativity, inventive thinking and problem solving skills through hands on STEM content while providing hands on professional development for teachers and student leadership interns. In 2017 participants will design products made out of duct tape that they can then market and sell. They will build and take home their own high-tech Bubble Blaster and they’ll be given a mission to locate and prepare a new planet for human habitation. In addition, participants will take apart machines and devices and repurpose the parts to create their own ultimate Spy Gadget Alarm Box. With the grant from CAFF, the door of opportunity opens and future leaders and entrepreneurs will be nurtured.



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The Columbus Area Future Fund (formerly Columbus Area Community Foundation Fund) is an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation and strives to build a community endowment to promote local leadership development, entrepreneurship, youth engagement and community philanthropy.  Your gift will be used to advance those efforts and ensure dollars are available locally for use in determining our region’s future.

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P.O. Box 1734
Columbus, NE 68602

The Columbus Area Future Fund is an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charitable non-profit corporation. 

The Columbus Area Future Fund is a founding member of the Columbus Area Philanthropy Council.

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