High School Technologists Win 2013 Spirit Of Innovation Challenge
HOUSTON, April 18, 2013
HOUSTON, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four teams of high school
students received top honors after competing in the 2013Innovation Summit,
which was held April 10-13 at NASA Johnson Space Center. The summit, led by
The Conrad Foundation, gave students around the world an opportunity to
present their products and services to benefit humanity in the final round of
the 2013Spirit of Innovation Challenge.
The Conrad Foundation's Spirit of Innovation Challenge celebrates the life and
entrepreneurial spirit of former astronaut Pete Conrad. Presented byLockheed
MartinandBattelle, the annual program is a multi-phase, business and
technical plan competition, free and open to students aged 13-18 from around
NASA utilizes Space Act Agreements to partner with external organizations,
such as The Conrad Foundation, to promote science, technology, engineering and
math (STEM) studies as well as further NASA's goals for the future of space
This year, 20finalist teams were selected from a pool of more than 200
entries from 44 countries and throughout the United States. The student
inventors designed products such as the Magnitact, which helps colleagues
digitally collaborate in real time over multiple digital devices, and modular
homes called LandRAFTS, which use retired shipping containers as a foundation
for self-sustaining homes in the wake of natural disasters.
The following four teams were named this year'sPete Conrad Scholars:
Aerospace and Aviation, presented by Lockheed Martin
Team M^3 from Warren High School in Downey, Calif., for the "Sleep Halo," a
low technology, but highly innovative product that has the potential to
revolutionize the air travel industry.
Cybertechnology and Security, presented by Battelle
Team AirCOM from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in
Durham, N.C., for its suite of electronic detection products that uses
international crowd-sourced data to inform the public of dangerous levels of
Energy and Environment
Team Eco-Cooker from Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami for developing a
clean, self-sustaining methane production system that stores bio-waste to
produce a combustible gas that works as a low-cost energy and heating source
Health and Nutrition
The Back Straight Boys from Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, for seeking to
improve the problem of computer-related musculoskeletal pain and injury
through use of the "Posture Pad."
In addition to team product presentations, this year's event featured a
special presentation by former astronaut Alan Bean, as well as a personal
message from International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield and Flight
Engineer Tom Marshburn, currently orbiting the Earth for Expedition 35.
Students also participated in Fireside Chats with CEOs, inventors, cyber
security experts, astronauts, explorers and physicians.
The Conrad Foundation will award each winning team with an innovation grant of
$10,000 to continue product development and a one-year affiliate membership to
Sigma Xi. All teams competing as finalists will be considered for the Conrad
Portal, a mentoring program designed to assist teams in the practical
development of their product. Following further review of team business plans,
the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation will provide one
finalist team with a $5,000 award. Additional Innovation Summit honors include
Skybox Out-of-the-Box Challenge and the Nancy Conrad Innovative Teacher of the
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