Explore the Art of Invention

Our K-12 programs foster creativity and innovation in our youth

By engaging students in fun and open-ended arts and innovation experiences, our STEAM Makers programs build the critical “thinking and making” skills required for success in the 21st Century economy. We work with local school districts to create the right program for their students.


Art of Invention Out-of-School Programs

The Art of Invention out-of-school programs increase STEAM skill access and equity for traditionally under-represented sectors of the population, including Lorain County middle school and urban high school teens. Creative arts driven STEAM projects are designed to help youth develop grit, confidence, and see new possibilities as they work alongside trained professionals and mentors.

By exploring hands-on STEM, Arts, Fab Lab, Advanced Technology and Trades-Related Activities, they are introduced to diverse career fields and options for post-secondary education in a safe, supportive, environment at their school and the Campana Center for Ideation and Invention.

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  • High School 6-Week Program

    This program (piloting at Lorain High School now) meets three times a week for two hours, including two meetings off-site in our Fab Lab. There two distinct modules running consecutively during this program:

    Design, Think & Create

    An introduction to art and design thinking and creative problem solving that builds skills and confidence in making using typical (and atypical) art supplies to create and invent. An introduction to hand tools for making is included. Participant projects are self-directed with a group project included. Includes two visits to our Fab Lab, where elements of the participants projects/inventions will be made.

    Make It – Teens with Tools

    This six-week introduction to making through art that builds on the skills from Design Thinking and Creative Problem solving.  Hand tools, electric tools, laser cutting, vinyl cutting are explored with an introduction to 3D printing and CNC routers. The module includes two visits to our Fab Lab, where students will make elements of their inventions.

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  • Middle School 4-Week Program

    This 4-week program at meets three times a week for two hours, with one meeting off-site in our Fab Lab.  There are two main modules in this program:

    Design It, Create It

    A fun-filled two-week introduction to design thinking and creative problem solving that builds skills and confidence in making using typical (and atypical) art supplies to invent.

    Take it to the Maker Space

    Make your invention in this two-week introduction to maker space tools including hand tools and laser cutting or vinyl cutting that includes a visit to the Campana Center for Ideation and Invention’s Fab Lab.

    Bring this program to your middle school


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These programs are made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.


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LCCC Campana Center

1005 N Abbe Rd Elyria, OH 44035
(440) 366-7866

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