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Summer camp students explore the “living laboratory” at Edison and Ford Winter Estates. PHOTO PROVIDED

Edison and Ford Winter Estates offer several summer camps for students in grades K-5. Campers are divided into groups by grade level (K-2 and 3-5). The camps are fun, educational and different from other local options. Campers can invent, design, build and learn in the same place where famous inventors Thomas Edison and Henry Ford invented some of the world’s most famous innovations. The summer camp starts on June 6th and runs daily from 9am to 4pm.

The students explore the “Living Laboratory” of the stalls while the “Wild Wizards” teach subjects in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) as well as History and Nature. Most camps are available for both age groups; Camps for younger students are less complex. The Summer Camp is sponsored by Entech, Fred and Gingy Quinn, TriCircle Pavers and the Scientist’s Society. Available camp options are listed below.

robot round

June 6th to 10th

Students learn the principles of robotics at this high-tech camp. You will design, build and program robots as you face daily challenges. No prior knowledge is required for this crash course in robotics.

Edison Ford members: $200; Non-Members: $230

Electrical Explorers (Grades 3-5)

13-17 June

Campers will follow in the footsteps of Edison and Ford as they delve deep into the world of electricity. You will learn the history of electricity, how circuits are made and how to harness the power of the electron.

Edison Ford members: $200; Non-Members: $230

Junior Designers (grades K-2)

13-17 June

At Junior Designers, art meets design for a creative camp week. Campers will explore the basics of 3D printing and the basics of art as their designs take shape.

Edison Ford members: $200; Non-Members: $230

Eager Engineers

20-24 June

Daily technical challenges are presented in this fast-paced camp. Campers learn and use the construction process to solve problems.

Edison Ford members: $200; Non-Members: $230

Renewable Energy (Classes K-2)

June 27 – July 1

This camp is brand new and will explore the renewable energy sources behind balloon cars, wind powered vehicles, solar panel powered circuits and rubber band powered paddle boats. Practical activities related to hydropower and other forms of renewable energy are also included.

Edison Ford members: $200; Non-Members: $230

Code Camp (Grades 3-5)

June 27 – July 1

Campers learn the basics of computer science with an emphasis on the logical concepts found in all programming environments. You will design a game or create an animation during this week of codecamp.

Edison Ford members: $200; Non-Members: $230

Art smarts

July 5th to 8th

In this four-day camp, students fuse imagination with science and design to create masterpieces. You will learn the basics of the art as well as the science that makes it work.

Edison Ford members: $160; Non-Members: $185

living laboratory

11-15 July

Campers will explore biology, ecology and the great outdoors on our 21 acre site while discovering the scientific investigations of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford right here in Southwest Florida.

Edison Ford members: $200; Non-Members: $230

Space & Rockets

18-22 July

At this camp, students will learn how to survey the solar system and launch a rocket. Campers will explore space science and its history, as well as the four powers of flight, as they launch a water-powered rocket hundreds of feet into the sky.

Edison Ford members: $200; Non-Members: $230

LEGO creators

25-29 July

Students will use their imagination and skill to complete daily building challenges. You will apply knowledge and use LEGOs to tackle engineering challenges like building bridges and making balloon-powered LEGO cars.

Edison Ford members: $200; Non-Members: $230

Curious chemistry

August 1st to 5th

Campers learn about the hidden world of chemistry as they discover the building blocks of all things. Chemical reactions, measurements and hands-on fun are the focus of this camp! Each camper will take part in experiments that will bubble, pop, pop and spark curiosity.

Edison Ford members: $200; Non-Members: $230

Support from private donors allows the stands to offer a stipend for each camp. A committee will determine scholarship eligibility based on financial need to allow underprivileged children to experience the camp. The application deadline for a scholarship is two weeks before the desired camp. Parents or legal guardians can apply through the website at https://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/education/camps/.

Other camps and courses are offered throughout the year when the school is closed, including one-day camps and spring and winter breaks. Edison Ford members receive a discounted rate. Registration and further information can be found under edisonford.org.

Edison and Ford Winter Estates is located at 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.


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