Real Time Leadership Solutions, Inc. (RTLS) proudly announces its partnership with the Conrad Foundation to advance STEM Education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). RTLS will serve as Program Champions for the Spirit of Innovation Challenge and will work with the Conrad Foundation to increase minority and female student participation through targeted outreach. This partnership is a year-round collaboration to enhance the capabilities and outreach of the Spirit of Innovation Challenge. The partnership opportunity flows out of an earlier collaboration with the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools for Mathematics, Science and Technology (NCSSSMST or S3). RTLS, Inc. will also work to expand the reach of the Conrad Portal to more countries.
About The Conrad Foundation
The Conrad Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to 21st century, immersive learning, where students use their imagination and innovation to enrich their classroom studies by adding context to content. The Foundation is the only organization of its kind, whose programs combine education, innovation and entrepreneurship to inspire solutions for achieving global sustainability. For more information, visit www.conradfoundation.org.
In 2008, Nancy Conrad founded The Conrad Foundation in honor of her late husband NASA astronaut Pete Conrad’s passion for education, innovation and entrepreneurship. A 501(c)(3) organization, the Conrad Foundation is dedicated to transforming how science, technology engineering and math (STEM) are taught in high schools across all socioeconomic levels.
Each year, the Spirit of Innovation Challenge (Conrad Challenge) gives high school students around the world the opportunity to create commercially-viable products to address issues of global sustainability for the benefit of humanity.
The Spirit of Innovation Challenge is an open platform, free and available to students from all socioeconomic levels. Student teams are asked to develop an innovative, commercially-viable product or solution in a variety of challenge categories. Students conduct research to determine their product’s potential market impact and develop a business plan. We introduce student teams to new and possibly unconsidered career paths by pairing them with world-class scientists, engineers, academics and business leaders who mentor the students and help bring their ideas to reality. These mentors also serve as guides to college course recommendations, internships and job-shadowing opportunities.
A panel of experts selects finalist teams to attend and present their technologies at the annual Innovation Summit, hosted by NASA. There, students also have the opportunity to dialogue with world leaders in science, business, finance, intellectual property and industry.
Each year, student teams are also chosen to go into the "Portal,” where the Conrad Foundation helps them acquire the patents and funding needed to bring their creations to the open market.
For more information, visit www.conradawards.org.