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Conrad Foundation Announces 2013-2014 Spirit of Innovation Challenge

Students worldwide invited to create innovative products to benefit humanity; winning ideas receive more than $50K in prizes

HOUSTON — Beginning Aug. 22, teens are invited to “Get Your Genius On” in the Conrad Foundation’s Spirit of Innovation Challenge. The annual program is a multi-phase, business and technical plan competition, free and open to students ages 13 - 18 from around the world.

The Spirit of Innovation Challenge celebrates the life and entrepreneurial spirit of astronaut Pete Conrad, third man to walk on the Moon. The program challenges teens to work in teams of 2-5 students and use science, technology, engineering and math skills along with creativity, collaboration and entrepreneurship to develop innovative products and services to benefit humanity and address global sustainability.

The 2013-2014 categories include: Aerospace and Aviation, Cybertechnology and Security, Energy and Environment, and Health and Nutrition. Past projects developed by teams include unique water filtration devices, shielding technology for space vehicles and NASA-approved nutrition bars. In the last six years, more than 600 products have been conceptualized by students in the Spirit of Innovation Challenge.

To learn more about the 2013-2014 Spirit of Innovation Challenge, visit


About The Conrad Foundation

The Conrad Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to immersive learning, where students use their imagination and innovation to enrich their classroom studies and do something real. The Foundation is the only organization of its kind whose programs combine science and technology-based education, innovation and entrepreneurship to inspire solutions for achieving global sustainability. For more information, visit


Media Contact
Carrie Taylor
Conrad Foundation
Office: 832-864-7223
Carrie.Taylor (at)


#3726 - Mario Chris, Madison Jones, Carrie Taylor, Alexandria Pierson, Jennifer Fotherby, Claude Charron

Mario Chris, 2013 alumni and member of finalist team, Team Xavier Falcons

Madison Jones, 2012 alumni and member of Team Infinity – winner of the 2012 aerospace and aviation category

Carrie Taylor, Education & Outreach Director, Conrad Foundation

Alexandria Pierson, Program Coordinator, Conrad Foundation

Jennifer Fotherby, Executive Director, Conrad Foundation

Claude Charron, 2013 Nancy Conrad Innovative Teacher of the Year award recipient and coach of two winning Spirit of Innovation Challenge teams.

#3837 - World Aviation Record Holder & Keynote Speaker, Chip Yates

#3934 - Alumni Students Madison Jones and Mario Chris

#3974 - 2013 Innovative Teacher of the Year, Claude Charron

# 4048 - Carrie Taylor, Nancy Conrad, Chip Yates, Bonnie Dunbar, Jennifer Fotherby

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