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Future Innovators Camp

Educate Maine, Thomas College, and Northeastern’s Roux Institute have partnered to develop a unique college and career readiness opportunity for Maine students who wish to make a difference in the future of Maine’s economy. The goal is to help grow local and diverse talent in entrepreneurial and tech-forward fields, especially those that tie directly to Maine’s traditional industries such as biotech, green tech, aquaculture, fintech, e-commerce and cybersecurity. This FREE one-week summer camp opportunity, based in Portland, Maine, will recruit up to 56 Maine high school students with diverse backgrounds from across the state who share an interest in cutting-edge technology and a desire to lead the design of innovative new solutions to authentic problems shared by Maine employers.

Why Attend

  • Have the opportunity to earn 3 course credits and digital badges from Thomas College.
    • Note: Students are not guaranteed the 3-credits. They must meet the requirements of the course through the work they produce throughout the week.
  • Learn cutting-edge skills in a college setting (Northeastern’s Roux Institute).
  • See what it’s like to work in one of Maine’s fastest growing cities by tackling authentic, employer-designed problems and visiting partner sites.
  • Gain an appreciation for the beauty and health benefits of the Maine outdoors while building confidence in skills like team building or problem solving (overnight at Rippleffect).
  • Have the chance to win scholarships and other prizes during the final competition.
    • 1st place: Each member of the winning team will be awarded a scholarship of $2,500 per year, for up to four years of full-time, undergraduate study at Thomas College or up to a total of $10,000.
    • 2nd place: Each member of the winning team will be awarded a scholarship of $2,000 per year, for up to four years of full-time, undergraduate study at Thomas College or up a total of $8,000.
    • 3rd place: Each member of the winning team will be awarded a scholarship of $1,500 per year, for up to four years of full-time, undergraduate study at Thomas College or up a total of $6,000.

Who

Open to rising 10th – 12th graders who are Maine residents with a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher.

All program participants are required to be fully vaccinated and will be notified of COVID-related policies and precautions closer to the start of the camp.

Where

Portland, Maine

  • Spend your days at the Roux Institute’s campus in Portland’s Old Port. More Info.
  • Spend your nights at Rippleffect on Cow Island. More Info.

Application

Please be sure to submit BOTH the student and teacher forms by Tuesday, May 3:

Important Dates

  • Application Opens: Tuesday, April 5
  • Application Due: Tuesday, May 3
  • Acceptance Letters Sent: Monday, May 9
  • Camp Arrival: Boat Dock in Portland Maine at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, June 12
  • Camp Pick up: The Roux Institute at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 17

For More Information

Program schedule and more details available here.

Contact Amanda Nguyen, Amanda.Nguyen@thomas.edu

Office Hours Via Zoom to help with Applications:

  • Wednesday, April 13 from 6:30pm-8:00pm (drop in any time): Join Here
  • Thursday, April 14 from 11am-12:30pm (drop in any time): Join Here

Program Partners:

Program Sponsors:

Lead Camp Sponsor

Premiere Sponsor
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Platinum Sponsors
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Champion Sponsor
Equity Sponsor