Westerly School in Long Beach has snagged a summer program operated by the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office called Camp Invention.

Camp Invention is designed to challenge children in kindergarten through sixth grade to find their "inner inventor" by learning the process of innovation. It relies on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) principles taught with a hands-on technique, according to a release.

Each year's curriculum is shaped partially by the next class of Inventors Hall of Fame inductees, who participate through video challenges and encouragement. There are four areas of study, with the last building a do-it-yourself remote control robot campers take home to keep.

Westerly will host multiple sessions from June 24 to Aug. 2. Sessions cost $230. For more information, go to campinvention.org.

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