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'Chee-Fird,' 'Stinging Death Fish' take over Camp Invention

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"I made a chee-fird," said Isaac Heistad. "So he has spots. You got to turn him to see the spots." "I made a chee-fird," said Isaac Heistad. "So he has spots. You got to turn him to see the spots."
Abby Smith's creation was a "Stinging Death Fish." Abby Smith's creation was a "Stinging Death Fish."
CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

Have you ever seen a "Chee-Fird" or a "Stinging Death Fish?"

Elementary students in Cedar Falls created these animals as part of Camp Invention.

"I made a chee-fird," said Isaac Heistad. "So he has spots. You got to turn him to see the spots."

Camp Invention made its return to Cedar Falls this year. It's a weeklong summer day camp enhancing the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum.

"It's a chance to really explore those topics. It gives them a chance to really explore their own creativity and it challenges them in a really fun setting," said Merrilee Betts, Camp Director.

Nationwide last year, more than 77,000 children participated in the program.

At Cedar Heights Elementary, 116 campers in grades 1 through 6 are racking their brains for the next big invention or animal.

Heistad said his creation was a mix between a cheetah, a fish and a bird.

"I just combined my three favorite animals," said Heistad.

Heistad and his campmates were asked to create an animal that would survive in the Dead Sea.

"And I forgot to say this. He actually eats salt, so he can go underwater and eat salt in the dead ocean," said Heistad.

Abby Smith's creation was a "Stinging Death Fish."

"He has a karate belt on because he goes to karate class, and every 3,000 years it comes up and eats one seagull and goes back down," said Smith. 

Twelve hundred schools in the United States participate in the program.

Friday is the last day for campers in Cedar Falls.

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