Their eyes were focused. Their hands were moving with acute precision. Their minds were fixated on solving the problem in front of them.

Because when they stepped through the doors of Camp Invention, local youngsters weren’t students anymore — they were scientists.

Begun in Ohio in 1990, Camp Invention has grown into a nationwide summer camp designed to teach students to use both STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — and creativity skills.

The local camp was conducted this week at St. Bartholomew Catholic School, where every seat was filled, giving 110 students a chance to tap into their left-brain skills and learn about scientific principles while also flexing the right side of their brain as they developed new ways to apply those principles in real life.

“It’s combining science and technology … but also bringing in the invention and creativity side,” said Diana Graman, Columbus Camp Invention coordinator and a teacher at St. Bartholomew Catholic School.

For more on this story, see Friday’s Republic.

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Olivia Covington is a reporter for The Republic. She can be reached at ocovington@therepublic.com or 812-379-5712.