June 20 - 24, 2022
"I enjoy being able to come into a classroom where all the kids are excited to learn."
— Kayla Sturgeon, 2020 Camp Innovate science instructor
Camp Innovate 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. Registration is limited to 50 children.
Throughout the week, teachers experienced in gifted education guide the students in minds-on, hands-on 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 jump.
For more about the Camp Innovate experience, see our blog posts Camp Innovate’s Teaching Strategies Give Students the Power and Scenes of Innovation: Camp Innovate Builds, Tests, and Creates.
Students must be completing 3rd, 4th, or 5th grad, show high interest and ability, and be recommended by an educator.
Tuiting is $375 and is due with the completed applicatoin. Limited financial assistance is available.
Location and Meeting Times
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.
Camp runs from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (CDT) daily.
Children bring their lunches. Teachers and children eat together either in the building or on the patio, depending on the weather.
For articles and photos of past camps, visit The Center's blog.