iINVENT Summer Camps 2020

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Be an Inventor with iINVENT!


iINVENT is a FREE virtual summer camp designed for rural Oregon youth! 

Work with OSU college students as invention mentors who will guide you in creating something that enhances the quality of life of someone else.  You will select a user for your invention project, work with a college mentor, meet new friends, and gain access to exclusive engineering design challenges and college connection events provided by an official Oregon State University course webpage.  Become an inventor, meet college students, and learn about Oregon State University! 


Key Highlights

  • iINVENT is a virtual three-week summer camp that can be completed in 1-3 weeks. Activities can be done real-time with instructors or youth can do them on their own at their own pace. Our goal is to provide a flexible, inviting and challenging summer camp experience for all rural Oregon Youth.
  • Apply Science, technology, engineering, and math to create something that enhance the life of someone else
  • Meet college students and fellow middle school  inventors
  • Learn about invention and the innovation process using United States Patent and Trademark Office activities 
  • You only need internet access and common household items to participate! 
  • Most of our online materials and supports will be available in both English and Spanish, including our mentor-led check-ins!
  • Connect with iINVENT now! 

Only youth entering into 6th, 7th or 8th grade can apply.



Program Updates and Events

**Check back for important dates!


  • Speakers - We will be recruiting young inventors to share their stories with iINVENT participants throughout the year!  This event will be open to any youth who participate in the program throughout the summer.
  • College panels - We will be having Oregon State University students participate in college panels through the program.  The College panels are open to any youth who is enrolled in a when the college panel occurs. Each cohort will have three opportunities to attend a college panel.
  • Invention Camp Fire - We will be hosting an “end of year” virtual campfire to celebrate iINVENT inventors and the inventions they create at the end of the year.  iINVENT inventors, friends, and families are encouraged to attend.  If you are an iINVENT inventor interested in sharing your invention at the campfire, please tell your project mentor!
Dates of Camps

iINVENT is a three-week virtual summer camp.  Each cohort is themed after a famous inventor and led by an OSU college student! Check out featured inventors and cohort dates below.

indicates cohorts that are led by English and Spanish speaking instructors

iINVENT Sponsors



Oregon State University Precollege Programs

iINVENT Expectations of Youth

Completing the Invention Project the project takes a minimum of 12 hours to complete over a three-week course.  You will be in a cohort and with a mentor and be able to participate in additional activities. You will need access to a “user” and can use whatever you can access to complete the project.  Our mentors will be there to support you with three weekly check-ins.

Keeping Connected if you are participating in the online camp, we ask that after registering you create an OSU Canvas guest account and a Remind account.  We will be using both of these tools to help our mentors connect with you. You do not need to use Remind, but it is free, and has language and safety features.  Both Canvas and Remind have parent/youth safety features that guardians can enable to help us protect youth online.

Activities and Special Events youth will have access to weekly repeatable activities throughout the three-week virtual invention camp. Youth will have access to special events. These events and activities will vary from real-time mentor led design challenges, college panels, and project check-ins that youth can complete with them in real-time  or on their own. The activities and events are useful ways to help youth think about their invention projects, college life, STEM concepts, and an inventor mindset.

Be an Inventor at iINVENT we ask that youth be welcoming and willing to fail at iINVENT.  Fail fast and learn fast in a supportive inclusive community.  If you decide to join us at iINVENT, come knowing that inventors need a space to incubate ideas and to build community in order to develop creative solutions.  We are here to welcome all youth into that space and build community with them.


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