Foster Center for Student Innovation

Grill it or Win it!

Clear your calendar for an exciting Sunday evening! Grill it or Win it kicks off on September 13th, and you're invited to take part in the festivities. The Foster Center for Student Innovation is hosting a cookout and drawing for a GoPro and Beats Pill! Come one, come all, and enjoy a plate of food. This could be your chance to win!


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Engineers Without Borders Traveling to Developing Country in Attempt to Improve Water Security in Region

University of Maine on July 30, 2014 by Elyse Kahl


Members of the University of Maine student group Engineers Without Borders will travel to Ecuador for two weeks in August on an assessment trip they hope will open the door to a long-term project to improve water security in the region.

From Aug. 16–28, six UMaine students and two mentors will stay in La “Y” de La Laguna in the coastal rain forest of Ecuador. La “Y,” which means the “Y” or a fork in the road, is a 300-person community that is struggling with an insufficient supply of drinking water.

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Maine companies infused with innovation all summer long

UMaine Foster Center for Student Innovation on June 23, 2014 by Jennifer Hooper

There were long days.  It was intense.  But they say it was worth it. 

Who?   Fifty-two college students accepted into the 2014 Blackstone Accelerates GrowthFellows program. Each student has a link to Maine, either by attending a Maine institution of higher education or by being a Maine resident attending college elsewhere.  The students come from diverse backgrounds; they are as varied as their majors, which range from mechanical engineering, marketing, and marine science to MBA candidates and Economics grad students.  Some of them are international students.

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Cupcake, get your Steampunk On – Thick and Thin Designs

Steamed! on December 31, 2013 by maevealpin

I shake John Carney and then Christine Carney’s hands. “Happy New Year and welcome aboard Airship Steamed. Watch your step,” I call as I stretch my short legs in a leap across the wide gap between the dock and the airship. John and Christine, the owners of Thick and Thin Designs, follow me into the parlor.

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From Maine to Ghana, former UMaine football player shares passion for teaching children

Bangor Daily News on February 01, 2014 by Pete Warner, Photo Credit to Nana-Ama Kyeremeh

Former University of Maine football player and master

ORONO, Maine — College student-athletes too often are celebrated only for their accomplishments on the field.

Roosevelt Boone enjoyed his share of success on the University of Maine football team. Yet the athletic scholarship only opened the doors to what the school has to offer for someone with passion and persistence.

The charismatic young man from Washington, D.C. has utilized the programs, faculty and staff members at UMaine, along with his own initiative, to serve less fortunate youngsters from Maine to Africa.

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Orono incubator amasses innovative companies

By Lori Valigra in the August 16, 2013 Edition of the Mainebiz

photo-8At first glance, the Target Technology Incubator in Orono looks like any other modest, one-story building in an industrial park. But within its white and grey clapboard siding, startup companies are developing ceramic water filters, composite bridges, high-temperature wireless sensors, odor-control paper and a mobile application for sports goalies, innovations that might one day drive economic development in the Bangor area and root Maine's young entrepreneurs to build new companies here.

Early successes are evident. Take Emma Wilson, 21, a rising senior at the University of Maine in Orono, who fully expected she would have to leave the state to get a good job after graduating next May. Then she discovered the Innovate for Maine program, which opened the door to a paid summer internship with Zeomatrix LLC, a Target Technology Incubator tenant that is developing value-added, odor-control paper products.

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"Spark!" Bangor

Innovation Engineering Student Launches "Spark!" Project

IMG 0111UMaine grad student Jennifer Hooper is using Innovation Engineering practice in her graduate work as an Intermedia MFA student.  Hooper launched a project called "spark!" in November 2012. Her goal is to create ways for Bangor community members to express ideas about making Bangor a better place in fun, interesting, and provocative ways. "I want to create forms of community express that extend beyond traditional forms such as ballots, council meetings, surveys, or public hearings."

The first "spark!" project was a community engagement at the downtown Bangor artwalk
on November 16, 2012.  Hooper created "fill-in-the-blank" labels that asked visitors to finish 
this sentence: "With a magic wand, I would make Bangor better by..."  As the labels were completed, they were affixed to the storefront window of 81 Main Street (the future home of River City Cinema).  The stickers remained on the storefront for several weeks, with blanks available for additional contributions.  "The project has been very well received," Hooper says. "People have been very enthusiastic and eager to participate."

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