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Arrowhead Center’s Camp Innoventure Expands to More Schools in NM, El Paso

More students around New Mexico and the region got a taste of what it’s like to create their own business this summer as Camp Innoventure expanded its reach, introducing entrepreneurial thinking and business concepts to middle school students from 19 regional communities.

Camp Innoventure, part of the Innoventure suite of K-12 entrepreneurship education programs from Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University, offers students in sixth through eighth grade a chance to see their creative business ideas go from concept to reality and gives them a taste of real-world competition for success.

The students who participate in this week-long camp get to brainstorm business ideas, write a mission statement, put together a business model and create a product to sell at a market in their community.

With support for New Mexico camps from a grant from the Colorado-based Daniels Fund, Camp Innoventure has already hosted sessions in Los Alamos, Rio Rancho, Deming, Bernalillo, Santa Fe, Truth or Consequences, and Clovis.

The Santa Fe Camp Innoventure session was hosted by Meow Wolf, which provided space for camp participants to work, along with tickets for campers to enjoy Meow Wolf’s unique immersive art experience.

“Hosting Camp Innoventure in the David Loughridge Learning Center at Meow Wolf was a true honor,” said Craig Thomas McAdams, education coordinator for Meow Wolf. “Witnessing these kids cultivate their creativity and make products to then sell at the flea market was incredible, and I think we will all remember this experience for the rest of our lives.”

Camp sessions continue this month in Alamogordo, Clovis, Farmington, Mesilla and Las Cruces. Registration is still open for several upcoming camps; dates and registration information are available online Tuition for the weeklong camp is $40, including materials, and scholarships are available for a limited number of student participants.

Also new this summer, Camp Innoventure partnered with the El Paso-based Success Through Technology Education Foundation to bring sessions to schools in El Paso and Tornillo, Texas.

Patty Hernandez, a college and career readiness teacher at William D. Slider Middle School, led the launch of the El Paso pilot program, which was fully sponsored by the STTE Foundation, allowing 14 students at the school to participate at no cost. She said the program was “awesome!”

“NMSU provided all the instructional materials and debit cards for the student projects,” she said. “Our kids learned many skills and started to think like entrepreneurs. They enjoyed making their products and selling the final product at the flea market.”

In addition to the week-long camps, Innoventure partnered with the TRIO Upward Bound summer program at NMSU and the State 4-H Conference to provide summer entrepreneurship workshops to students from Hatch, Alamogordo and Dona Ana County.

Camp Innoventure participants in Santa Fe work on their products, preparing to sell them at the Santa Fe Flea Market at the Jackalope. Santa Fe’s camp session was generously hosted by Meow Wolf, which provided space in the David Loughridge Learning Center all week and tickets for campers to enjoy Meow Wolf’s unique immersive art experience. (NMSU Photo)

Innoventure Deputy Director Lydia Hammond, who oversees the Camp Innoventure program, said she’s always inspired by the campers’ creative ideas.

“Watching young entrepreneurs develop their product idea and take ownership of their business is part of what makes this program so special,” she said. “Supporting the students to make some money really brings in a unique element.”

Hammond said the partnerships with local organizations and community leaders were instrumental in allowing the program to expand to serve more than three times the number of students as the previous year.

“We could not have brought this hands-on experience to more than 260 students in New Mexico and El Paso without the hard work of the teachers and community leaders who served as camp leaders,” she said, “or the tremendous support and enthusiasm of our sponsors and partner organizations.”

In addition to support from the Daniels Fund, the Hunt Family Foundation and STTE Foundation, Camp Innoventure’s sponsors and partners included the Sandoval Economic Alliance, Luna County Economic Development Office, Capital Power and EDF Energy, Quality Center for Business at San Juan Community College, Meow Wolf, Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails West and SBDC offices around New Mexico.

Planning is already underway to continue expanding the number of Camp Innoventure locations next summer. Communities and organizations interested in hosting a session can contact Hammond at 575-646-5230 or lh@nmsu.edu.

To hear from past Camp Innoventure participants, click here; to see participants at the 2016 Deming Camp Innoventure session in action, click here.

For more information about Innoventure programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, visit the Innoventure website. For information about Arrowhead Center and economic development in the region, visit the Arrowhead Center website.

Author:  Lauren Goldstein – NMSU

Innoventure’s Student Entrepreneurs Focus on Helping Those with Disabilities

If you could create a new device or product that helps someone with a disability navigate their life with greater ease, what would it be? A group of middle and high school students from around New Mexico contemplated that question and came up with some unexpected solutions as they participated in the Innoventure competition through New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center.

Those teams – 45 of them from all over the state – will participate in the annual Innoventure competition at Corbett Center Student Union on the Las Cruces campus from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 5. The public is encouraged to attend a student invention showcase from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Friday on the first floor of Corbett Center.

“We have the most teams we’ve ever had this year, including new teams from schools in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho who are the first from their school to join this program,” said Marie Borchert, director of Innoventure.

The Innoventure program is designed to generate excitement and creativity in students and provide the experience of transforming an idea into a prototype of a product. Student teams worked throughout the academic year to create a product and prototype that assists someone with a physical disability to complete an everyday task, such as feeding themselves, getting dressed, taking out the trash, or going to the grocery store. Judges from NMSU, the community and industry will evaluate each team’s work.

As they prepared, students learned more about people with disabilities, who represent 19 percent of the population, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. They also participated in webcasts to learn about public speaking and how to tackle prototyping.

While on campus Friday, the students will learn how to use crowdfunding and attend workshops with Studio G, Arrowhead Center’s student business accelerator, as well as the Student Accessibility Services office at Dona Ana Community College.

Innoventure is now in its 14th year and has served more than 2,500 students, some of whom have gone on to attend NMSU and work with Studio G to further develop their business ideas. Many student teams return year after year to participate. Innoventure has been one of Arrowhead Center’s core programs since its founding, and expansion efforts this academic year for the program were sponsored in part by the Daniels Fund.

The competition is part of a suite of Innoventure programs, including Innoventure Jr., an online program for elementary-age students, and Camp Innoventure, a week-long entrepreneurship-themed summer day camp that continues to expand. This summer, Camp Innoventure will take place all over the state, with sessions in Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Clovis, Deming, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho and Roswell.

Registration for the camps is available up to a week before they begin, and the schedule and registration information can be found HERE.

“Our long-term, robust program for K-12 entrepreneurs is unique in New Mexico,” Borchert said. “It creates a pipeline and develops students over a long period of time to increase their college readiness, as well as their career readiness.”

Kate Sanchez, a math teacher at Anton Chico Middle School in rural northern New Mexico near Santa Rosa, said Innoventure has allowed her to expose her students to a world that they might have never had experienced otherwise.

“Innoventure has not only given these students the opportunity to feel accomplished, by inventing and presenting their own original ideas, but it has also helped them to begin thinking about their future,” said Sanchez, who serves as an Innoventure adviser for two Anton Chico teams, Wolf Pack and Helping Hands. “This program has brightened the future of many of the students who have gone through Anton Chico Middle School.”

Technology prizes for the competition’s winners include a laptop, Bluetooth headphones and wireless earbuds.

For more information, click > Innoventure program or contact Borchert at mhaaland@nmsu.edu.

Author: Amanda Bradford – NMSU

Video+Story: NMSU Arrowhead Center now Accepting Registrations for Camp Innoventure

Registration is now open for Camp Innoventure, a unique day camp run by New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center, which offers a week-long experience in innovative thinking and entrepreneurial development for middle school students.

Now in its seventh 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. In addition, students gain practice asking questions and learning the basic tenets of entrepreneurism.

Camp leaders include local educators, entrepreneurs and businesspeople.

This summer, there are three Las Cruces camps that run from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The camps will be offered from June 5-10, July 17-22 (co-hosted by the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce), and July 31-August 5. The cost is $40 per participant, and includes materials for students’ projects and a curriculum workbook.

There are a limited number of need-based scholarships available. Online Registration is available;  camps are limited to 12 students each, so early registration is encouraged.

Camp Innoventure allows students to learn about elements of starting a business while gaining hands-on experience in developing a product. Campers will spend the first half of the morning engaging with curriculum and the second half creating a marketable product. Past campers have also created jingles, packaging and marketing campaigns.

At the end of the week, students partner with the Las Cruces Farmers’ and Crafts Market for public, hands-on customer discovery and interaction within a community-specific demographic. This year, Camp Innoventure will also hold day camps in nine other locations across the state. Like the Las Cruces camps, students in these cities will partner with local markets to display and sell their products.

“On the leadership side, it’s shown us how creative our youth are and how much potential they have. It’s inspiring to us,” says Cassie Arias, economic development director for the City of Deming and Deming Luna County Economic Development (DLCED).

Program coordinator Lydia Hammond said last year’s expansion of Camp Innoventure has allowed organizers to provide the camp’s offerings and opportunities to many new students.

“The popularity of the camp in Las Cruces, specifically, has encouraged us to add a third session. It’s enriching for campers to learn new skills while having fun and interacting with the public. We’re excited to see what innovations they produce this year,” Hammond said.

For more information, please contact Hammond at 575-646-5230.

Author:  Lauren Goldstein – NMSU

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