Registration open for Camp Invention

by Kelly Rogge
Creativity is being inspired during Kansas City Kansas Community College’s week-long summer camp, Camp Invention.
Camp Invention is designed for elementary school students as a way to help them explore, tinker with ideas and be creative. There are two sessions this summer. The first is July 14 to 18 at the KCKCC Main Campus, 7250 State Ave. The second is July 21 to 25 at the KCKCC-Leavenworth Campus. Each session is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and tuition is $199. Discounts are available. Campers need to bring a sack lunch each day.
“Camp Invention is an amazing weeklong summer adventure where students entering grades one through six will brainstorm, tinker, create and invent without limits,” said Kylie Williamson, coordinator of community education for KCKCC. “Camp Invention allows kids to use their imagination while learning scientific principles.”
Camp Invention is a national program that KCKCC has held since 2008. Students who participate will use real tools, circuits and materials from the Inventor Supply Room to build their own original prototypes. They work in teams to rotate among different modules, allowing them to build upon what they learned the previous day. All activities are centered on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) concepts. It is the only nationally-accredited summer enrichment day experience for elementary-aged children and is led by local certified educators. The program was first started in 1990 and since has served more than 1,200 sites in 49 states.
“They will create a personalized motor-powered vehicle and take apart electronics to construct an insect-themed pinball machine,” Williamson said. “I hope children learn new concepts and are inspired by inventors whose inventions have changed the world, all while having a blast building and creating things.”
For more information or to register, call 913-288-7660. Registration can also be completed by going to the KCKCC website, and selecting “Continuing Education.” Select “Continuing Education Schedule” and Personal Growth under Youth Programs.
Information about Camp Invention can be found at

Lady Blue Devils sign 1,000-point high school scorers

by Alan Hoskins
Two 1,000-point high school scorers will be joining the women’s basketball team at Kansas City Kansas Community College this fall.
Cheyenne North, a 5-11 forward from Camp Station High School in Gallatin, Tenn., and Audriana Christopher, a 5-6 guard from Scott County High School in Georgetown, Kent., are the latest additions to the 2014-15 Lady Blue Devil squad.
Ranked the 10th best player in Tennessee her senior year, North originally signed with Belmont University, an NCAA Division I member, but did not play there. According to Dan Olson’s nationally known Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, North was also ranked the 36th best player in the nation at her position and 170th overall in the U.S.
A two-time all-state performer and 3-star recruit by ESPN, North averaged 20.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 4.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game.
Christopher averaged 16.4 points, 4.4 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game as a senior after scoring 16.9 points a game as a junior along with 4.5 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals. Scoring in double figures in 22 out of 27 games, she twice had career highs of 28 points along with all-time bests of 11 rebounds and eight assists.
Christopher joined the Scott County varsity team as a seventh grader as permitted by Kentucky high school rules and was a member of the state runnerup team in 2010. A two-time selection to the Toyota Classic all-tournament team, she was also named to the Gateway Holiday Class all-tourney team.

KCKCC to offer two basketball camps for boys July 8-10

by Alan Hoskins
Two basketball camps for boys in the first through eighth grades will be offered at Kansas City Kansas Community College Monday through Wednesday, July 8-10.
Boys in the first through the fourth grades will have instruction from 9 a.m. to noon; those in the fifth through eighth grade will participate from 1 to 4 p.m. in the KCKCC Field House at 7250 State Ave.
Instruction will be provided by head coach Kelley Newton, assistant Eric Nitsche and members of the Blue Devil men’s basketball team.
The cost is $50 for participant and includes a camp T-shirt. Registration forms are available in the KCKCC Athletic Department in the Field House, online at or by phone at 913-288-7168. Boys can also be registered by mail to Kelley Newton, KCKCC Athletic Dept., 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan., 66112. Name, address, parent or guardian’s name, year in school, shirt size, phone and email address must be included with payment. All participants also must have signed medical release forms.