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‘Camp Invention’ lights up BH-BL students with curiosity

O’Rourke Middle School in Burnt Hills is hosting Camp Invention, a weeklong enrichment “camp” being taken by about 40 BH-BL kids in grades 1 - 6. The kids are doing a whole bunch of neat hands-on activities, like “Saving Sludge City” and “Problem Solving on Planet Zak.” Lily Digman helps build a Rube Goldberg recycled apparatus device attached to a wall that will eventually pop a balloon above the contraption.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
O’Rourke Middle School in Burnt Hills is hosting Camp Invention, a weeklong enrichment “camp” being taken by about 40 BH-BL kids in grades 1 - 6. The kids are doing a whole bunch of neat hands-on activities, like “Saving Sludge City” and “Problem Solving on Planet Zak.” Lily Digman helps build a Rube Goldberg recycled apparatus device attached to a wall that will eventually pop a balloon above the contraption.
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Mary Russell and her classmates have learned a thing or two this summer about the innards of the electronics they use every day. Before she broke apart a computer keyboard, Mary, 9, thought she’d find hard drives inside. Now the Charlton Heights Elementary School fifth-grader knows there’s only one tiny chip translating all that tapping into words on the screen. And Hayden Rusnica, 8, was equally amazed by the guts of a radio he brought ...

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