Campus Ventures

Campus Ventures - Innovation in Experiential Education for STEM Students
An Electronic Circuit designed by USM Campus Ventures students.
Campus Ventures Summer 2012 Group

USM Campus Ventures
A Model for Innovation in Experiential Education

Campus Ventures is an innovative experiential education program for students of the University of Southern Maine, built on the premise that engaged learning is fundamental to career readiness and student success. The Campus Ventures project-based learning model engages students in relevant, real-world projects starting as early as their first year at USM, with several documented learning outcomes:

  • Technical skill development
  • Direct knowledge transfer from theoretical/academic to applied scenarios
  • Leadership, teamwork, communication, and soft-skill development
  • Project management and delivery

In three and half years, the program has consistently demonstrated repeatability, scalability, continuing success, and accolades from community partners. The program enjoys a thriving relationship with key external partners in Maine’s technology & entrepreneurial communities.

News & Events

Vital Herd Inc., a Falmouth-based electronic bovine health-monitoring company, recently worked with USM's Campus Ventures program on the development and commercialization of their proprietary technology.
Searsmont machinist John Foster is developing an electric heating unit he says will be able to heat a three-bedroom home through the winter for a fraction of the cost of of conventional baseboard heating units or fuel oil. The patent-pending device underwent independent testing through USM's Campus Ventures program.
The “Gorham Lamp” is one of the Campus Ventures program’s first beta projects. The device is a scientific instrument conceived by Dr. Joseph Staples, Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Science, to aid in entomology research.

Student Success!

Biology  major Jennifer Ditano is participating in the Jackson Laboratory Summer 2013 Student Program and believes the experience she has gained through the USM Campus Ventures program will allow her to successfully manage her internship position.

USM's 3D Scanner

The 3D scanner is a tool used to scan and create a digital blue print/model of any given item, which then can be replicated with USM's 3D Printer. For more information, check out the video!

Campus Ventures

Mike Wing speaks about the Campus Ventures program at the University of Southern Maine, where Maine entrepreneurs can seek help from faculty and student interns to build prototypes, solve technical challenges, and get their ideas off the ground.

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