NMSU’s Arrowhead Center to host Summer Day Camp for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Parents with business-minded middle school-aged children have until June 8 to sign them up for Camp Innoventure, a unique day camp run by New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center.

Camp Innoventure offers middle school students a weeklong experience in innovative thinking and entrepreneurial development. Now in its sixth year, the camp offers students a chance to learn creative critical thinking skills that are applicable inside and outside of the classroom. Students are encouraged in areas of creative problem-solving and collective brainstorming. Students also practice asking questions and learning the basic tenets of entrepreneurism. Camp leaders include local educators, entrepreneurs and businesspeople.

Camp Innoventure, which has similar elements of the Innoventure competition program for high school students, allows the space to learn about elements of starting a business while gaining experience in developing a product. Campers will spend the first half of the morning learning curriculum and the second half creating a marketable product. Past student-campers have even created jingles, packaging and logos for their projects.

At the end of the week, students partner with the Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market for public, hands-on customer discovery, interaction and practice marketing within a community-specific demographic.

“Camp Innoventure is an exciting experience because it allows students to really get an understanding of what entrepreneurship is all about, from generating an idea and creating a product to selling that product to others,” said Marie Borchert, director of the Innoventure suite of programs.

This year, Camp Innoventure has expanded statewide to Roswell, Deming, Albuquerque, Clovis, Tucumcari, Carlsbad, Socorro, Alamogordo and Farmington. Like the Las Cruces camps, students in these cities will partner with local farmers markets to display and market their products.

“We are really excited to be expanding Camp Innoventure around the state and bringing this unique summer camp to new communities to reach many more students. Kids get to enjoy an enriching experience learning new skills while having fun,” said program coordinator Lydia Hammond.

This summer’s two Las Cruces camps will be June 11-16 and June 13-18. Both sessions run from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration fee is $40 and includes materials for students’ projects and a curriculum workbook. There are a limited number of need-based scholarships available.

Registration is open until June 8, however only 12 students are accepted for each session, so early registration is encouraged. Registration is available at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/camp-innoventure-2016-las-cruces-tickets-24107766980.

Contact Lydia Hammond, Program Coordinator, at 575-646-5230 with questions about the camp, or for scholarship information.

Author:  Lauren Goldstein – NMSU