Are you curious about the inventions during the turn of the century that sparked our modern-age technology?

If so, there's a good chance your kids are, too.

The Arizona Science Center is presenting its "Discovery and Invention" concept for this summer's camp for children ages 6 to 11.

Kids will get the chance to roam the halls of the science center, study and experiment in the sciences and inventions from the late 1800s that include general motor sciences, electricity, steam engines, and more.

The science center's camp coordinator, Tara Oakes, said each camp session's week-long activities would be used with concepts to create an "invention convention" for kids to make their own creations.

"They actually get to experience these sciences and get their hands dirty," Oakes said.

Diana Paris, who lives in Ahwatukee, said camps like these are key to her two sons' education.

Paris' sons, one of whom attended last year's camp, will be going to the summer camp this year.

"The hands-on activities allow kids to learn aspects of science," Paris said. "Our kids enjoy playing in those activities."

The summer camp, which has two satellite locations at Arizona State University's Polytechnic Campus and at Centennial High School in Peoria, will be offered Monday through Friday for six weeks at the Arizona Science Center in downtown Phoenix.

Two, two-week sessions will also be available at each of the satellite locations for those further out in the Valley.

Most of the time, funding for science programs within the school system are cut dramatically, Oakes added.

The science center's job is to try and give kids that kind of hands-on experience, she added.

"You never know what little activity will spark the interest in a child to that area of science," Oakes said.

The Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., is now accepting registrations.

For more information about the summer camps, visit www.azscience.org/camps or call Oakes at (602) 716-2000.

• Diana Martinez is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. She is a junior at Arizona State University.

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