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Camp Innovate

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June 17 - 21, 2024

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. Make sure to join our Monthly Update email list to keep up with all future happenings at The Center.


Innovate 2Throughout 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.

"I enjoy being able to come into a classroom where all the kids are excited to learn."
— Kayla Sturgeon, 2020 Camp Innovate science instructor


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


Tuition is $350 and is due with the completed application. 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.

Additional Information

For articles and photos of past camps, visit The Center's blog.


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


  • Tuition is $350.
  • Tuition is due with completed application.
  • Needs-based financial assistance is available.


  • 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (CDT) daily

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 Last Modified 8/22/23