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Camp Innovate


"In Jan Lanham’s Language Arts class, campers are using reading and writing as tools to explore real-world problems. Activities include reading about innovation from other cultures and then studying young people who’ve made a difference in the world. From there, campers select a real-world problem they want to tackle and design a plan for solving it through efforts like brochures, letter writing, or a social media campaign." — from "Students Experience Real-World Innovation at Camp Innovate" on The Center for Gifted Studies Blog,  June 2016


The Center for Gifted Studies’ Camp Innovate (formerly known as The Summer Camp) is a one-week day camp designed for students with advanced ability and high interest who were in grades three, four, or five during the previous school year.


  • The experience features hands-on and minds-on instruction to engage children in learning at advanced levels. Throughout the week, teachers experienced in gifted education guide the students in learning that is differentiated for their particular needs and advanced levels.
  • The camp’s approach is interdisciplinary: students study the big idea of "innovation" across a variety of disciplines like language arts, math, science, social studies, theater, and art.  
  • Specific course content changes each year. Activities can include such projects as building prototypes of inventions to solve everyday problems, painting a class mural, reading and writing about about innovators, and learning about slopes by graphing how how far a Barbie doll can bungee.
  • Registration is limited to 50 children.


Camp Innovate meets in Gary A. Ransdell Hall on the campus of Western Kentucky University. Ransdell Hall is the home of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. It is located at the corner of Regents Street and Normal Drive.


Children bring their lunches. Teachers and children  eat together either in the building or on the patio, depending on the weather.

Additional Information

For articles and photos of past camps, please go to the Camp Innovate page on The Center's blog, Happenings at The Center for Gifted Studies.


“If you tie your balloon, will you be able to power your car more than once? Think about it – I’m not going to tell you the answer. Solve your problem. Use your resources. Then you’re thinking outside of the box!” — Stephanie Helton, Camp Innovate science intstructor, speaking to her class

Camp Innovate

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2019 Dates TBA



  • Students must be completing 3rd, 4th or 5th grade, show high interest and ability, and be recommended by an educator.


  • Tuition is $375.
  • Tuition is due with completed application.
  • Limited financial assistance is available. Contact our office at 270-745-6323 for information.


  • 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (CDT) daily

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