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Maple Syrup Production, Just One of the Many Hands-On Experiences for Students at WVU Potomac State College

Maple trees are usually ready to tap in February or early March, depending on the weather.  While the nights are still freezing, and as the days start to warm, the sap inside the tree begins to rise, creating pressure and causing the sap to flow.

Though the College has long-owned the land where the Sugar Maples grow, this is the first time the trees have been tapped.  “With the creation of a degree in Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship, or SAGE, the College recognizes the opportunities available to students who are exploring the field of agriculture.  This, along with a strong belief in experiential education, has encouraged our faculty to seek out tactile learning experiences for the benefit of our students,” said PSC President Jennifer Orlikoff.

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Accepting applications to win cash & prizes at WVU's IDEA Hub Demo Day

WVU’s IDEA Hub will host the University’s inaugural Demo Day April 19. Demo Day is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff from across the entire campus to demonstrate their work in innovation, entrepreneurship and design. Register today as an individual, team or group to showcase your innovative work, designs or entrepreneurial ideas and encourage others to partake. Participants will gain exposure across campus and to the broader community, while having the opportunity to win cash and prizes. Deadline to register your application is March 21.

For more information about Demo Day, visit the IDEA Hub website. An FAQs document is available to download on the website. Once registration is closed, more information will be provided on the location and timing to showcase the individual and team displays.

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WVU LaunchLab hosts social entrepreneurship Show of Hands pitch competition

West Virginia University’s LaunchLab Network hosted its first Show of Hands pitch competition to encourage students to speak out about their ideas to spark social entrepreneurship and change. Five student teams pitched not-for-profit or social change ideas for products and businesses to a full crowd, who served as the judges for the evening. The top three contenders were those with the most votes. They were awarded monetary prizes to fund their projects, receiving $1,500, $750, and $500 respectively.

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WVU LaunchLab helps Mountaineers realize business dreams

MORGANTOWN — For any Mountaineer who has an idea or even a hobby they’d like to see transformed into a business, the WVU LaunchLab can help them get started.

Since 2014, the lab — housed in the fourth floor of Evansdale Crossing — has served as a resource to point enterprising students toward engineering know-how to develop product prototypes, legal services for patents and establishing new intellectual properties and marketing.

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