ST. CLOUD - Over the past two weeks, elementary students have been learning how to create their own inventions at Talahi Community School.

The students have been taking part in a program called Camp Invention. The program focuses on STEM (Science, technology, engineering and math) and encourages kids to imagine and create their own inventions.

Brenda Thielen is an instructor at camp invention in Talahi and says the program also emphasizes having fun while learning.

"It's just amazing to watch the kids tinker and it just reminds me as an educator how important it is to allow kids to have some time to play with things and to figure out how things work."

Students rotate through four classrooms to learn about famous inventors, design race carts, and create inventions. The last day of the program is on Thursday, when students will use their race carts in an obstacle course.

Thielen says the program is all about teaching and inspiring kids to be creative.

"That's what it's all about, is being able to take something they know a lot about and apply it to different areas and to become those future inventors."

Students try out their race carts. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)