Nancy Conrad named Top 100 Women in STEM, Students Travel to Rio de Janeiro, New website updates and Conrad in the news!
Conrad Foundation News
July Newsletter, 2012

Nancy Conrad Named 100 Top Women in STEM

We are pleased to announce U.S. Newsand STEMConnector named Nancy Conrad, chairman and founder of the Conrad Foundation, as one of 100 Top Women Leaders in STEM at the U.S. News STEM Solutions Leadership Summit June 28 in Dallas. During the event, she was also inducted in the 100 Top Women Leaders in STEM Hall of Fame.
Nancy was selected for her work helping young people make the connection between education, innovation and entrepreneurship. Her bold platform for enriching and preparing the innovative workforce of the future led to the development of the Spirit of Innovation Challenge and her personal mission to create the Innovation Generation. We are proud to have her as our fearless leader!

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Carrie, Lucia, Shay and Clause attend Rio+20
Conrad Challenge Report on Rio+20 Global Conference

Carrie Taylor, Outreach and Education Director, and 2012 Conrad Challenge students Shayanth Sinnarajah and Lucia Herrmann, along with their coach, Claude Charron, recently returned from a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Rio de Janeiro where they represented team Operation Gulliver International during the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. The expedition was made possible by the generous support of the Motorola Mobility Foundation.
While in Rio de Janeiro, the students presented as guests of the U.S. Department of State at the organization’s U.S. Center. Their invention, LiTReS, a portable, clean technology water filtration system intended for developing nations and its relevance to improving global health, made a great impression with the global audience. During the trip, they also presented to students and staff at local technology high school, Instituto de Tecnologia ORT.
The team won the Clean Energy category of the 2012 Conrad Challenge. Their product, LiTReS, is a self-sustainable device that solely uses renewable energy and is excellent for use in developing countries or those hit by natural disasters. 

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Conrad Foundation Featured in Washington Post

Washington Post– STEM Education
Question: How can we achieve global sustainability through education and innovation?
Answer: By inspiring students to engage in STEM careers so that they can help change and improve the world around them.
This was the subheadline to an article featuring the Conrad Foundation in the June 27 edition of the Washington Post. Also, you can read about how STEM education is creating pathways to career opportunities for the next generation in the publication’s special STEM initiative section. While some jobs may be harder to come by, according to the 10-year employment projections by the U.S. Department of Labor 15 of the 20 fastest growing occupations require STEM skills.
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Conrad Foundation Website Update
We're excited to announce the launch of a new website, This site will house information on Conrad Foundation initiatives, including our new program, DreamUp, a program helping schools design, build and conduct experiments in the U.S. National Laboratory aboard the International Space Station. You can easily access the Spirit of Innovation Challenge site from the Foundation’s page or go directly to

Spirit of Innovation Challenge Website Update

New Features Added to Spirit of Innovation Challenge Platform
As we gear up for the 2012-2013 Spirit of Innovation Challenge, new features and improvements will regularly be added to the website. By popular demand, we also made our video libraryteams page, and blogs accessible to non-registered members. Plus, check out the addition of new sections for coaches, students and mentors. We are also in the process of creating a translate function for the site to accommodate the Conrad Challenge’s global growth. 
If you want to gain full access to our STEM community and interact with members, all you need to do is sign-up! If you have any comments or suggestions on our website we look forward to your recommendations. Please contact us at 
John Hopkins University – Imagine Magazine
The prestigious John Hopkins University magazine, Imagine, profiled the four winning teams from the 2011-2012 Spirit of Innovation Challenge in the May/June 2012 edition. The article includes each team’s photo, an image of their prototype and a description of their product. 
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