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The Velocity Center is designed to be a space for innovation and collaboration for the college, for the Navy, and for the community.  

Its purpose is to promote professional development for Navy scientists and engineers, to enhance the retention of talent, to provide opportunities for entrepreneurship and experimentation, to recruit young talent, and to build good will among the community outside the gate.

The space will be divided into three major areas: Velocity Center, RocketPods (an ideation meeting space), and accelerMake, CSM’s makerspace.

The Velocity Center contains dedicated space for Navy research, ideation, and design supporting small learning workshops and seminars, vendors’ showcases, use of visualization tools while maximizing technology transfer of dual-use technologies, and supporting educational partnerships.  This space can be used for, but is not limited to:

  • Seminars and workshops
  • Hackathons
  • Table top war gaming and alternative futuristic exercises
  • Technical competitions

Within that space, CSM will host classes such as Computer Aided Design, Cybersecurity, Digital Photography, Drones/Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Governmental Procurement, Social Entrepreneurship, Tech Transfer Entrepreneurship, and others.

Also in the Velocity Center is a large, flexible, shared space, which can seat up to 300 people for events, and can be divided into smaller seating, collaboration, and work spaces when there are no events in session.  This area will also house the College of Southern Maryland office space.

RocketPods is space designed to accommodate business and industry members who have business in Indian Head for short periods of time. Desk space can be rented for one day up to a week. There will also be a small conference room available to rent on an hourly basis. This area can be used to develop or utilize commercial training modules on a range of topics

accelerMake is the CSM makerspace/hackerspace. Designed to facilitate student innovation, it is also open to the public on a membership basis. There are three dedicated workspaces.

  1. Fabrication room - 3D printer, subtractive machining, laser cutter, soldering station, work tables and stool, and storage cabinets for supplies and tools
  2. Robotics room
  3. Computer room - cyber/gaming, CAD Modeling and simulation, and app development