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President’s Update

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 27th

president reportChris Pendleton, President & CEO

     By the numbers, our 8th year of Inventor’s Summer Camp at Edison Ford is very remarkable. Sessions begin on May 28 thru August 2, and it’ssummer camp brochure cover total immersion in the historic site and invention. 

  • 418 Campers are enrolled throughout the summer, and waiting lists are available for sessions that are sold out (check the website to see camp schedule)
  • 25 Junior Counselors are signed up as support to faculty throughout the summer

      Many of our summer campers have been with us for the past seven years. With seven years under our belts, our former campers have now grown into Junior Counselors providing knowledge and leadership to mentor the campers in grades 1 – 6.  This year, there is also paid internship for college students. The cycle continues and builds on itself. We are proud!

      Thanks also to the donors who are providing scholarships to fund registration fees and membership for qualified students to be part of Inventor’s Summer Camp and other education activities. For information on how to donate a scholarship, contact the Finance Office of Edison Ford at 239-334-7419. There is always an opportunity to help and the result is a program that reaches out to everyone.

      wild wizardTechnology and robotics has become a big part of our overall education activities including summer camp this year. With the help of grants and donations, there will be 20 computers and robotics software available this summer thanks to chemical engineers and polymer scientists, Don Keehan and Fred Quinn, who have had a special interest in helping our programs along with technology and equipment.

      Robotics will also be the topic for our upcoming year of Wild Wizard Outreach Shows in the schools this year. Programs are available at no charge to Title I Schools in the surrounding five counties and scheduling begins this summer. Support is provided by GE. Contact the Education Department at 239-334-7419 for information.

      We know that Thomas Edison and Henry Ford would be proud of not only our award winning restoration and management of their estates, but now also of our program in education to nurture and challenge our young inventors, innovators and leaders of tomorrow.

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