Through the *Spirit of Innovation Awards *(http://www.conradawards.org/), high school students with a passion for science and bettering the world have a chance to patent their inventions, be interviewed in Popular Science Magazine or BBC World News, or even attend the Annual White House Science Fair and be recognized by President Obama.
The Conrad Foundation *Spirit of Innovation Awards* (SoIA) is an
international, multi-disciplinary program that combines the Foundation’s
commitment to five core principles: innovation, education, entrepreneurship,
project-based learning, and community engagement to advance achievement in
science, technology, education and math in U.S. schools.
*SoIA* presents student participants with a very broad challenge: create an
innovative product that can be used to address a real-world problem with a
real-world solution that can ultimately be viable in the commercial
marketplace. Students are given a blank slate within several major
categories, including clean energy, aerospace exploration, clean water, agro
science, and cyber security. They’re also required to conduct research to
determine their creation’s potential market impact, and develop a full
business plan while working with mentors including world-class scientists,
engineers, academics, and business leaders.
Through entering the *Wild Card Summit Invitation* sweepstakes, everyone can
have a chance to attend the Innovation Summit at NASA from April 28 – May 1,
2011 in San Francisco, where they can make their innovative dream a