The Conrad Challenge brings together a dynamic community of innovators and entrepreneurs driving a collaborative movement to develop extraordinary and viable solutions to benefit our world in one of five areas: Aerospace & Aviation, Cyber-Technology & Security, Energy & Environment, Health & Nutrition, and Smoke-Free World.
This annual competition challenges teams to use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) innovation, as well as entrepreneurship, to create a more sustainable world for this and future generations.
This year the Conrad Challenge is partnering with our friends at Foundation for a Smoke-Free World to tackle a deep area of neglect: helping tobacco farmers in these countries to create alternative livelihoods... and we need YOU.
For the 2017-2018 Challenge, students are invited to design 21st century solutions to re-purpose global farmland that is currently used for tobacco production, especially in African countries. These solutions can come in many forms and be applied to the Challenge's traditional categories.
The Conrad Design Method: SPRINT 4 STEM
The Conrad Design Method (CDM) inspired by Google Ventures Design Sprint, is a structured five phase collaboration framework for teachers and student teams to understand and accomplish innovative and
entrepreneurial solutions. Step by step, teams will identify and understand a problem,sketch solutions, prototype and validate.
John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth- Imagine Magazine published article from Alumni Lenworth Thomas
"Participating in the Challenge gave me a taste of what it’s like to develop new technologies and the opportunity to work with amazing students and mentors. It also taught me the importance of diversifying my skill set so I can better assist my colleagues and be prepared to tackle a variety of problems in the future. Most important, I learned that something my friends and I made has the potential to change someone’s life."
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