WRITER: Vicki L. Nisbett, 575-642-1334, vnisbett@yahoo.com

SOURCE: Marie Borchert, 575-646-7839, mhaaland@nmsu.edu

Registration is open for middle school students in New Mexico to participate in the 2015 Camp Innoventure program at New Mexico State University. Two week-long sessions are planned in June at the Las Cruces campus’ Arrowhead Center and an additional session will be held in Albuquerque.

“We’re excited to be bringing Camp Innoventure back for another year,” said Innoventure Director Marie Borchert. “Students learn the basics of entrepreneurship in a fun and engaging way that encourages them to think of their future and how to bring a way of thinking entrepreneurially to many aspects of their lives.”

Students who are entering grades six to eight in August 2015 create their own business ideas from concept to reality at Camp Innoventure, giving them the opportunity to experience real-world competition and success. Brainstorming business ideas, writing a mission statement, putting together a business model and creating a product to sell are exciting topics that are in store for these students.

Because Camp Innoventure is modeled after Arrowhead Center’s annual Innoventure competition, which encourages students from across the state to use science, technology, engineering and math to solve business problems and create new and innovative products that may have real marketability, the students’ creative sides are truly enhanced.

The first Las Cruces session is June 1-6, 2015, and the second is June 8-13, 2015. Both sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon each day at Academic Research, Building A, Suite 109, on the New Mexico State University Campus.  Everyone will meet outside of the building in the south parking lot.

For more information, contact Marie Borchert at 575-646-7839 or mhaaland@nmsu.edu, or online at https://campinnoventure2015.eventbrite.com

Another session of the camp will be hosted at the NMSU Albuquerque Center. The Albuquerque session is June 8-13, 2015, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. each day, and students will sell the products they develop at the Albuquerque Downtown Growers’ Market on June 13, 2015.

For more information about the Albuquerque Camp Innoventure session, contact Erika Dunn at 505-492-1249 or edunn03@ad.nmsu.edu. To register for the Albuquerque camp, visit



The registration cost is $40, which includes project materials, workbook materials and a camp backpack.

The Innoventure program is supported by Arrowhead Center and by grants and gifts from the Daniels Fund, AT&T, the MS Doss Foundation and Wells Fargo.