Archive for June, 2012

Observations from the Camp: Musings from the Librarian

Posted on June 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

I figured now is a good a time as any to share some of my notes and observations from the “frontlines” with our campers and guest speakers and presenters.

Activity #2: “What do I want to be?”


Innovative-Thinkers Camp–Nurturing the local Economic Pipeline

Posted on June 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

We have heard from employers and companies that are looking to relocate their businesses that they need a pool of potential employees who are independent thinkers; people who possess creative problem solving skills and can work as a member of a team as well as independently. We have heard that the focus of growth for the Michiana economy is based on innovation. What we have not heard is who working to cultivate that culture.

Innovative-Thinkers Camp (InC) is an attempt to cultivate that culture. We started this summer with a pilot group of 19 middle schoolers (mostly rising 7th graders) and worked to help them to unlock their inner innovator. They had training sessions on various topics and exposure to local innovators who live in our community. One of the campers commented to her peers, at a local community center, that we treated them like they were grown-ups and helped them to realize that they could take initiative to turn the things that they are passionate about into careers or businesses. Full Article

Welcome to Innovative-Thinkers Camp

Posted on June 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

What is Innovative Thinkers Camp?

Innovative –Thinkers Camp (InC) is a program designed to cultivate a culture of innovation and creative problem solving among the youth of the Michiana community by nurturing the pipeline that feeds local economic development. InC is a two week summer experience created to encourage youth in grades 7 – 9 to obtain skills that will create a mindset for individual achievement in their academic and future career interests.