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New Mexico State University Physical Science Institute to launch invention program

The Physical Science Institute, a non-profit organization at New Mexico State University, is seeking young inventors and entrepreneurs for its 2002 Innoventure program.

the highlights of the program will be the Innoventure contest, to be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, in the university's James P. Delamater Activity Center.

Participants in three categories -- Middle School, High School, and College and University -- will have a chance to win prizes for inventions they will display at the contest, said Marie Haaland Borchert, Innoventure's director. The prizes for the Middle and High School winners will be trips to such places as out-of-state NASA facilities. College and university student winners will receive summer employment at New Mexico State, free parking permits and meal plans.

Borchert said the contest's definition of an invention intentionally is being kept broad.

"Innoventure is intended to encourage education in science, math, engineering, agriculture, business administration and marketing, and to recognize innovative entrepreneurialism in the community. Because of this, we will consider any design, model, working prototype, system or product that is original, useful to society, potentially marketable and developed by the participant or a team of participants," she said.

Borchert said PSI is working to foster Innovation Clubs in area schools and on the New Mexico State campus.

"In the clubs, participants will learn how to develop innovative ideas and carry them through to the marketing level. We also plan to give them a chance to interact with businesses and technology mentors in the area," she said.

The PSI is seeking individuals and businesses willing to sponsor participants. Area businesses also will be able to purchase booth space for their own, non-competitive, informational booths on the floor of Delamater Activity Center during the competition, Borchert added.

The competition will be judged by university faculty and members of the High Tech Consortium, a group of professionals working to develop high-technology-business in southern New Mexico, and other regional business and technology professionals

For further information, contact Borchert at (505) 649-2054 or innovation@nmsu.edu, or visit the Innoventure Web site at www.innovation.nmsu.edu.

Jack King
Aug. 16, 2002