Spirit of Innovation Challenge

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The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge invites teams of students to combine education, innovation and entrepreneurship by creating commercially viable products in sustainability to benefit humanity. They work in four categories: aerospace and aviation, cyber security, energy, and health. Currently the challenges are open to the U.S. and 72 other countries, and many students go on to patent and/or deploy their product ideas, receive honors from the White House, and appear on media such as CNN and PBS.

Winning students are not only named Pete Conrad Scholars, but have a chance at being awarded seed grants, scholarships, patent support, and other opportunities to turn their ideas into small businesses. For the first year, the competition is open to university students, college-age active military, and veterans ages 19-25. The 2015 challenge starts off with teams submitting an investor pitch from mid-August to mid-October 2014.

eams compete for a chance to be named Pete Conrad Scholars as well as seed grants, prizes, scholarships, patent support and opportunities to grow their solution into a real business.

The Conrad Challenge offers two levels of competition: secondary (ages 13 to 18) and post-secondary (college students and college-age active military and veterans ages 19 to 25).

- See more at: http://www.stemeducationnews.com/leadership/the-conrad-foundation-honoring-a-legacy#.U6iJbPldWSo

eams compete for a chance to be named Pete Conrad Scholars as well as seed grants, prizes, scholarships, patent support and opportunities to grow their solution into a real business.

The Conrad Challenge offers two levels of competition: secondary (ages 13 to 18) and post-secondary (college students and college-age active military and veterans ages 19 to 25).

- See more at: http://www.stemeducationnews.com/leadership/the-conrad-foundation-honoring-a-legacy#.U6iJbPldWSo

eams compete for a chance to be named Pete Conrad Scholars as well as seed grants, prizes, scholarships, patent support and opportunities to grow their solution into a real business.

The Conrad Challenge offers two levels of competition: secondary (ages 13 to 18) and post-secondary (college students and college-age active military and veterans ages 19 to 25).

- See more at: http://www.stemeducationnews.com/leadership/the-conrad-foundation-honoring-a-legacy#.U6iJbPldWSo

eams compete for a chance to be named Pete Conrad Scholars as well as seed grants, prizes, scholarships, patent support and opportunities to grow their solution into a real business.

The Conrad Challenge offers two levels of competition: secondary (ages 13 to 18) and post-secondary (college students and college-age active military and veterans ages 19 to 25).

- See more at: http://www.stemeducationnews.com/leadership/the-conrad-foundation-honoring-a-legacy#.U6iJbPldWSo

eams compete for a chance to be named Pete Conrad Scholars as well as seed grants, prizes, scholarships, patent support and opportunities to grow their solution into a real business.

The Conrad Challenge offers two levels of competition: secondary (ages 13 to 18) and post-secondary (college students and college-age active military and veterans ages 19 to 25).

- See more at: http://www.stemeducationnews.com/leadership/the-conrad-foundation-honoring-a-legacy#.U6iJbPldWSo

 

Underwater Robot Competition Draws Global Competitors

High school and university teams hailing from 16 states and 18 countries competed June 28 in the 13th Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Remotely Operated Vehicle International Competition at Michigan’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, according to the Washington Post. Teams were judged on the design, construction and performance of their underwater robots.

Teams had to identify a simulated shipwreck, collect microbial samples from a sinkhole, inventory invasive species and remove trash in the freshwater sanctuary’s large tanks. Jesuit High School from Carmichael, Calif. took first place in the advanced category, according to the Post. Find out more about registration for future competitions. The video above is from the 2013 competition held in Washington state.

Colombian Solar Car Wins Top Honors

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Last year, professors, students, and engineers at EAFIT University in Colombia made a solar-powered vehicle, called Primavera, that successfully crossed 1,860 miles of Australian desert for the 2013 World Solar Challenge. This year, that vehicle was awarded the 2014 National Engineering Award by the Colombian Society of Engineers for its creativity and technological development, according to Fox News.

The 770-pound vehicle — that sports 1,600 solar cells, has room for one person to drive it and can reach 62 mph in open desert — cost $1 million to build, according to the article. In the 2013 challenge, it came in 13th place out of 47 other competing vehicles.

AT&T Calls on Engineers to make NYC Streets Safer

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According to TechCrunch, 14,845 more crashes between cars and pedestrians occured in New York City in 2013, a 35% jump from the previous year. AT&T thinks the culprit is distracting smartphone apps, and is inviting engineers from around the world to work to change that trend.

The Connected Intersections Challenge is a three-month competition aimed at designers, software, and hardware engineers to re-imagine new technology to improve traffic safety on New York City streets. Contestants will need to leverage smartphones and wireless networks to make pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists more aware of their surroundings, and alert them to potential dangers, according to the contest website.

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National Student Steel Bridge Competition Winners

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The University of Akron played host to the 2014 National Student Steel Bridge Competition on May 23 and 24, bringing teams not only from around the US, but Mexico and Canada, to conceive of, design, fabricate, build, and test steel structures that meet certain standards, and perform the best for the lowest cost. The competition is jointly organized by the American Institute of Steel Construction, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the University of Akron’s civil engineering department.

A student team from the University of California, Davis took first prize, followed by MIT in second place and University of California, Berkeley in third. To be eligible for the annual competition, competitors must be ASCE members attending their designated ASCE student conference. the 2015 competition will also be held in May. The competition website lists more information on bridge requirements, contacts, and how to register.