School is out for summer, but several children are still learning during their vacation.

Monday marked the first day of Camp In­ven­tion, an annual summer camp where children learn about a variety of topics over the summer. During the camp, which focuses on science, technology, engineering and math-related activities, students perform tasks such as digging through plaster to find dinosaur fossils, understanding the farm business, learning about intellectual property and building robots to perform different functions.

The camp is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and is geared toward rising first- through sixth-graders.

Isaac Morgan, a rising fifth-grader at Vine Grove Elementary School, was surrounded by household items during Monday’s camp. He had a unique task assigned to him: create a machine that would remove pollutants from the ground on a farm. The items available to him in­clud­ed a plastic bottle, a cardboard roll, a miniature skateboard and a plastic container.

Isaac, who has attended previous Camp Inventions, said he enjoys working with his hands. He builds armored vehicles out of Legos in his spare time.

“I’m very high technical,” he said.

Students rotate among different modules, or classes, throughout the day and build on their progress throughout the week.

Meadow View Elementary School teacher and camp director Kristina Gonzales said the activities are hands-on intensive.

“It definitely keeps them engaged from the get-go,” she said.

Gonzales said 47 students were registered with the Meadow View program.

Another student, Carson Lowery, who will be in fourth-grade at Meadow View Ele­men­tary School in August, said his favorite activity on Monday was digging for fossils. Carson enjoyed the activity because he got to break apart plaster.

“That’s one of my favorite things,” he said.

The camp ends Friday but returns next week at G.C. Burk­head Elementary School in Elizabethtown and in July at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in LaRue County.

Parents can register their children at the camp by going to

Trey Crumbie can be reached at 270-505-1747 or

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