The Challenge is an annual multi-phase competition that challenges high school students (ages 13-18) from across the globe to use STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), innovation and entrepreneurship to develop technologies and solutions to real-world needs. The Conrad Challenge was founded by Nancy Conrad in honor of her late husband, astronaut, innovator and entrepreneur, Charles “Pete” Conrad, Jr. The 2015-2016 Challenge marks the 10th competition.

Participants work together in teams of two to five members to develop solutions in one of four categories: Aerospace & Aviation, Energy & Environment, Cyber Technology & Security and Health & Nutrition. The Challenge progresses though three rounds of online submissions in the fall, winter and early spring. The second and third rounds are independently judged and the best teams are invited to continue.

The Challenge culminates in a three-day Innovation Summit held at the NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. 


Registration for the Challenge this year is now closed.  All teams who have registered will be receiving updates and instructions soon.  Semi-finalists will be named on December 1.


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Conrad Challenge Prepares Students For Success

Conrad Challenge Founder Nancy Conrad recently caught up with the winners of the first Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award, Talia Nour-Omid and Michael Hakimi, at the school they used to attend, the Milken Community High School.  With them is their former teacher and coach Roger Kassebaum, the first Conrad Challenge Teacher of the Year.  Watch and learn how they benefited from participating in the Conrad Challenge!

Experience the Conrad Challenge

The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge is an annual, multi-phase innovation and entrepreneurial competition inspired by astronaut, innovator, and entrepreneur Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr.  


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