2017-2018 Student Handbook

The 2017-2018 Conrad Challenge Student Handbook is a detailed document explaining the Conrad Challenge from registration to the final round. All students are required to read through the handbook each year. If you have questions regarding the Student Handbook please email info@conradawards.org.


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In pursuit of your Spirit of Innovation? 
NASA is ready to help you Get Your Genius On!

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), in partnership with the Conrad Foundation, has selected patented technologies for you to consider as part of your solution to the 2017-2018 Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge. This is an incredible opportunity to incorporate NASA technology into your innovations!  

The resource is open to all participants of the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge.  CLICK HERE TO ADD SOME NASA TECH!

AND GUESS WHAT ELSE... There will be a specialized NASA Award presented at The Spirit of Innovation Summit to the team that presents the best incorporation of existing NASA technology!  Don't miss this opportunity! 


The Conrad Design Method- Sprint 4 Stem

Teams registered? Ready to hit the ground running, but don't know where to start?  

The 2017-2018 Conrad Challenge marks the launch of the Conrad Design Method! The Conrad Design Method (CDM) is a structured five phase collaboration framework for teachers and student teams to understand and accomplish innovative and entrepreneurial solutions. CDM was inspired by Google Ventures Design Sprint. Step by step, teams will identify and understand a problem, sketch solutions, prototype and validate.

This method uses a customizable innovative project management application, Trello, to visually present curriculum and guide student teams and their teachers through each step of the design process. Through the CDM, students and teachers gain access to ongoing personalized lesson plans, subject matter experts, training modules and online support. In addition, this platform provides the framework for teachers and students to share and guide each other.

Registered teams will receive introductory information on CDM by the first week in October. The Conrad Foundation strongly encourages teams to utilize this tool during the competition. 

For all questions regarding CDM, please contact Conrad's Executive Director of Education, Claude Charron at ConradDesignMethod@gmail.com 


ONE MINUTE VIDEO ACADEMY

BOOST YOUR CHANCES TO WIN THE CONRAD INNOVATION CHALLENGE BY MAKING A ONE MINUTE VIDEO THAT LOOKS AND FEELS LIKE IT WAS MADE BY A PROFESSIONAL!

The One Minute Academy is teaming up with the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge to share all the secrets for filming and editing a professional one minute video. On this website you will find 70 instructional videos that are each exactly one minute long. You'll learn about everything from how to hold a camera properly, audio, lighting and editing on Adobe Premiere Pro. We have also included 40 student and pro samples that are also a minute long. When the innovation challenge is over, you will be able to use your new skills in all sorts of ways, ranging from job applications to social media profiles and business pitches.

The One Minute Academy is open to all participants of the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge. To access further resources, please create one account per team. CLICK HERE TO BECOME A VIDEO MAKING NINJA!

Special thanks to Christoph Alexander Geiseler - Founder and CEO at Seenfire

Autodesk Design Academy

As members of Autodesk Design Academy, students and educators can access FREE Autodesk software, along with free educational resources in manufacturing and construction, including self-paced online courses, guided webinars, tutorials, industry contests, class projects, and inspirational curriculum. Learn how to design and make a better world by clicking here.

In addition, check out Instructables to explore, document and share your creations. 

Don't miss out on these two FREE tools to enhance your products and services!