Reed-Curie Hall again brimmed with scientific curiosity and creativity Friday as more than 70 participants wrapped up Camp Invention.
The 2014 edition of the camp focused on building machines and vehicles and helping the elementary school-age students get in touch with their five senses. It was the sixth year the camp was hosted by Radford University.
The students showed their inventions off to their parents Friday after closing ceremonies held under the oak tree in front of the venerable science building. College of Science and Technology Dean Orion Rogers' questions, "Did you have fun?" and "Did you learn anything?" were met by resounding "Yeses" and proud parental smiles.
Mason Mabry, a third-grader at Wytheville's Spiller Elementary School, said he was "smarter" about a lot of things now as he proudly showed off a multi-turreted tank he built out of pieces the campers cannibalized from discarded household items.
"I think I am smarter about mechanics and solving problems," he said. "This beats sitting around the house all week, for sure."
James Newcomer talked about how the Camp Invention experience helped his son, Jaiden, keep him, a former science teacher, on his toes. Jaiden is a sixth-grader at Belle Heth Elementary School in Radford.
"He has challenged me with a lot of questions, some of which I have never even thought of about the way things work," he said of his son, who is a six-time Camp Invention attendee and aspires to be a camp counselor-in-training next year and then a cancer researcher.