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Aspiring Innovators
Two 1-week sessions from July 8-19, 2013 (9am to 4pm daily, Extended Care is available.)
Spend a week with us and experience innovation like never before!
Imagine becoming the next Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Mitchell Baker, Toshiko Mori, or Bill Gates. At The Henry Ford’s newest camp, Aspiring Innovators, you can take the next steps into becoming a great innovator. Using The Henry Ford’s unique resources and engaging hands-on experiences, curious and inquisitive youths can learn the process of innovation, how to use it to solve a problem they see in the world around them! These camps are aimed at creating a culture that can foster creativity and innovation on an everyday basis so that creativity and innovation become habits of mind and a positive strength from within. Programs are intended for students entering grades 7-10. Discounted pricing for members of The Henry Ford.

2013 program details
The Henry Ford offers amazing camp experiences. Aspiring Innovators is the newest camp for children going into the 7th through 10th grades. Each camp has related hands-on projects, site visits, and activities.

All camps are based in Henry Ford Academy® classrooms in Henry Ford Museum® and Greenfield Village®, where campers will enjoy upgraded amenities, including air-conditioning, while still being immersed in the museum and village atmosphere. To ensure high-quality experiences, staff-to-camper ratio will not exceed 1:8.

Each camp runs 9am - 4pm daily with extended care available before and after camp. Camp days are packed with activities, including special tours, rides and plenty of fun!

An afternoon snack is provided. A Discovery Camp T-shirt will be distributed to each camper at the end of their first day of camp. The T-shirt should be worn the remainder of the week. Additional T-shirts may be purchased in advance if desired. See the registration form for details.

Aspiring Innovators Camp is offered:
  Week B July 8–12

Camp Descriptions
Aspiring Innovators

Have you always wanted to be an innovator? Now you can! In The Henry Ford’s newest camp, Aspiring Innovators, we will help you think like innovators, conceptualize, design, and make a prototype product. You get to decide what you want to innovate. This workshop, focused on hands-on immersive learning, fun museum and village exploration, digital making, and the stories of past and present innovators, will inspire participants to change the world, one step at a time. Camp activities are designed to take place in small groups, which will be organized by age levels of participants. Participants can showcase their innovations at the Maker Faire Detroit.

For more summer programs, check out our Summer Discovery Camps.

Extended Care
Extended care is available for an additional fee. The morning session runs 7-8:50am and the afternoon session runs 4-6pm. A variety of tabletop games is offered in both sessions

Registration and Refunds
For your child’s enjoyment, please register him/her for the grade he/she will be entering in the fall. Registrations are processed in the order received. Open registration begins on March 22. To register, download the registration form below or contact the Call Center at 313-982-6001. Full refunds must be requested by May 25, 2013. No refunds will be given after May 25, 2013.

Aspiring Innovators Registration Form

Registration questions? Contact the Call Center at 313-982-6001 If you have additional questions about the camp, contact Christopher Hemler, Curator of Education, at or 313-982-6036.

2013 pricing
Aspiring Innovators
MEMBERS $238 per child / per week

Extended care $25 per session (AM or PM) per week, members and non-members.

Discovery Camp® Survival Packs also available. Survival Packs include: Drawstring Backpack, Sunscreen, Rain Poncho, Tissue Travel Pack, Off! Bug Repellent Wipes, and Water Bottle. Choose from four colors: Blue, Black, Lime Green, or Pink.

The Henry Ford is located in Dearborn, Michigan on the corner of Village Road and Oakwood Boulevard, just west of the Southfield Freeway (M-39) and south of Michigan Avenue (US-12).
The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
From the East or West via I-94:
Take I-94 to the Oakwood Boulevard exit; go north on Oakwood. The Henry Ford is 2.5 miles from the exit on the corner of Village Road and Oakwood Boulevard.
From the South via I-75:
Exit to northbound Southfield Freeway (M-39); drive 4.1 miles to Oakwood Boulevard (Exit 4). Left on Oakwood and drive 1.8 miles.
From the North via Southfield Road (or I-96):
Take Southfield Freeway (M-39) south 4.5 miles past I-96 and exit at Michigan avenue (Exit 6). Continue on the Southfield service drive (veer left) for .5 mile. At the first stoplight, turn right onto Village Road (through the iron gates) and drive .75 mile.
Metro Detroit often has major construction projects. Please check the following sites for the latest on construction areas and road closures.
Michigan Department of Transportation
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