Officials with The Conrad Foundation today announced the National Space Society (NSS) as its newest â€œPartner Organizationâ€ to support the upcoming Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards, the Foundationâ€™s annual education competition.
The contest challenges teams of high school students to create innovative products for use in various fields of science and technology, including lunar exploration, personal spaceflight and renewable energy. Teams vie for $120,000 in prize money and the opportunity to commercialize their products for general market use.
The NSS will counsel student teams in the space categories and provide access to educational information, where needed. In addition, NSS representatives will serve as judges in the lunar exploration and personal spaceflight categories. Team finalists will also have the opportunity to present their product concepts at the NSSâ€™ 2009 International Space Development Conference, taking place in Orlando from May 28-31, 2009.