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Black Hills State University is excited to offer Camp Invention Recharge 2021 for summer learning! Developed by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention is a STEM enrichment program that provides children with hands-on/minds-on opportunities to explore, create, and invent in relevant ways that will help prepare them to one day change the world! 

Program - Camp Invention Recharge

Dates - June 21-25, 2021

Registration Deadline - May 24th 

Registration Link - Registration is now closed.

Location - Black Hills State University, Main Campus in Spearfish, Jonas Hall Classrooms

Grades - Students entering grades K-5.

Capacity - 65 Students

Cost - $195 per kit. Each kit includes all of the materials needed for the 4 Modules during Camp Invention outlined below and 1 t-shirt.

Payment - The payment link will be sent to the email address you register with, payment must be received by May 24th to process your order.

Camp Details

Kits will be sent directly to BHSU after successful registration and payment.

Everything your child needs to complete the activities with us at BHSU are included in the kits that are shipped. In addition, support and opportunities to connect with other inventors will be provided. Camp Invention Recharge will have four teachers, each specializing in one of the four modules: Solar Bot™, Road Rally™, Open Mic™, and Duck Chuck™.

Your child will participate in Camp Invention at BHSU in Jonas Hall. The camp will run from 9:00am to 3:30 pm, June 21-June 25. Your child will experience all four open-ended modules facilitated by BHSU Student Teachers, Faculty, and Public Educators. This in-person summer camp will provide your child with hands-on invention, design, problem-solving, and creative processes.

  • Camp will begin each morning with an “all student welcome” at 9:00am. Camp will end each morning with an “all student closing” at 3:30 pm.
  • Pick up and Drop off is located in Jonas Hall. Updated room locations will be communicated closer to the start of Camp. Drive in from W Hudson Street into University Street to access visitor parking.
  • Students will rotate through all 4 modules (2 sessions in the morning and 2 sessions in the afternoon).
  • In between sessions, students will be participating in games, community-building activities, and shared experiences highlighting and celebrating their work!
  • Please bring a sack lunch and water bottle each day. There will be a snack provided in the morning. If your child has any allergies, please contact Sydney Haugland at bhsucampinvention@bhsu.edu.
  • When we can, we plan to be outside experimenting, exploring and participating in activities outdoors. Please consider a light jacket, sunscreen, hats, and appropriate shoes each day.
  • At the end of the week, all students will leave with their inventions and creations!


Dr. Sydney Haugland - BHSU Faculty, Contact and Registration Support
Mrs. Ashtin Griffee – Spearfish School District Public Educator, Camp Invention Coordinator


Ms. Jayd Mullen, BHSU School of Education Student
Ms. Jennifer Larson, BHSU School of Education Student
Ms. Joni Hofer, BHSU School of Education Student 
Ms. Brooke Braswell, BHSU School of Education Student


Scholarships are available and are provided by grants from our generous community partners. Thank you!

Northern Hills Rotary Club and the John T. Vucurevich Foundation will be sponsoring students to participate this summer.

During the registration process, you will have the opportunity to indicate scholarship needs.
Scholarships will be awarded via email AFTER you complete the registration process. 

Camp Invention Recharge 2021 at BHSU

camp invention program overview 2021

In partnership with more than 2,800 schools nationwide, the Camp Invention program will:

Encourage children’s creative problem-solving skills through STEM-focused activities.

Inspire girls and minority children to imagine themselves as engineers and innovators.

Develop children’s critical thinking and communication skills.

Blend entrepreneurship with collaboration skills that are necessary for success in the global workforce.

Integrate the expertise of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees into various challenges throughout the week.

Instill the value of Intellectual Property and the roles that patents, trademarks and copyrights play in the landscape of invention and innovation today.

Are backed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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Develop valuable personal relationships in a small community with amazing faculty and staff while thriving in the outdoors of the Black Hills.