Conrad Challenge

Country: Variety of countries;

Deadline: 01.11.2019

 

THE CONRAD CHALLENGE BRINGS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES TO LIFE THROUGH A STUDENT-DRIVEN, PROJECT-BASED APPROACH. THERE ARE NO THEORETICAL TASKS HERE! STUDENTS IDENTIFY RELEVANT REAL-WORLD CHALLENGES THAT DON’T NECESSARILY HAVE A CLEAR ANSWER AND LEARN HOW TO INNOVATE BY CREATING SOLUTIONS. 

We give students between the ages of 13-18 the chance to become entrepreneurs and apply innovation, science and technology to solve problems with global impact. Guided by teachers and industry experts, the competition becomes a master class in collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication. The result: students develop skills needed to thrive in the 21st century workforce and bring to life commercially-viable innovations that have the potential to change life for the better on the individual, national and global levels.

Students, teachers, experts and sponsors all agree… the Conrad Challenge is unlike any STEM competition out there. This isn’t a science fair. It’s an innovation competition that is creating the next generation of entrepreneurs who are going to change the world!  

All teams who enter the Conrad Challenge are competing to be recognized as Pete Conrad Scholars, the Challenge’s top honor. One team in each category will receive this recognition based on their scores during the final round at the Conrad Innovation Summit (April 21-24, 2020 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida). In addition to the title, student teams will receive the following prizes:

  • A distinctive medallion and a Pete Conrad Scholar certificate from the Conrad Foundation

  • $15,000 per year scholarship to Clarkson University, for a total value of $60,000 over four years (This prize is offered to all Conrad Finalists.) 

  • $15,000 per year scholarship to enroll in the Jefferson University School of Design and Engineering

  • One Pete Conrad Scholar Team will be selected to receive pro-bono services from Arent Fox to support the patent process, valued at $20,000

  • One Pete Conrad Scholar Team will be selected to receive pro-bono services from Dentons to support the patent process, valued at $5,000

  • One Pete Conrad Scholar will be selected to attend their upcoming NEXUS summit in New York July 2020,
    (full accommodations and $500 airfare credit provided)

  • A market research assessment from the Wisconsin Innovation Service Center (WISC) providing a detailed plan to continue product development, valued at $1,000

  • Sigma Xi will induct Pete Conrad Scholars into the community, with the first year of dues and initiation fees waived. Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, is an international, multidisciplinary community of science and engineering professionals dedicated to research excellence, promoting public engagement with science, and fostering the next generation of researchers, all while promoting the highest standards of research ethics.