By Jo-Carolyn Goode

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    April 24, 2024 (Houston Style Magazine) — This April, the awe-inspiring Space Center Houston transforms into a hub of youthful creativity and pioneering spirit for the Conrad Challenge Innovation Summit, scheduled from April 23-27, 2024. The event marks the culmination of a year-long effort by high school students worldwide who have dared to envision and craft solutions addressing some of the globe’s most pressing issues.

Space Center Houston, a beacon for space exploration enthusiasts, will host the Innovation EXPO on April 25th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Here, twenty-five finalist teams, having journeyed through intense preliminary rounds, will showcase their innovations in fields as diverse as Aerospace & Aviation, Cyber-Technology & Security, Energy & Environment, and Health & Nutrition.

The 2024 Conrad Challenge, a prestigious global STEM innovation and entrepreneurship competition, has seen record participation with over 3,400 students from more than 50 countries. This challenge, initiated 18 years ago by Nancy Conrad in memory of her husband, Pete Conrad—an Apollo 12 astronaut and the third man to walk on the moon—aims to continue his legacy of pioneering new frontiers.

This year’s summit not only highlights the solutions devised by these bright young minds but also brings together a vibrant tapestry of cultures. Notably, the event welcomes its first-time finalists from the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, alongside veteran competitors from Japan, including an all-girl team, Kee!, from a school renowned for producing Conrad Scholars. The local talent is robust too, with three teams hailing from Texas itself.

Special guests will include teams from nonPariel Institute, a non-profit that supports adults with autism, demonstrating the Challenge’s commitment to inclusivity and diversity in STEM fields. Also participating are teams from the Challenge’s Chinese and Nigerian ambassador programs, underscoring its global reach and impact.

The Summit is more than just a competition; it’s a comprehensive educational experience. Before the EXPO, participants will engage in sessions crafted to enhance their creativity, critical thinking, and communication skills. The competition’s finale will see the announcement of the winners at an awards dinner on April 26, where victorious teams will be honored as Pete Conrad Scholars, receiving scholarships and patent assistance to further develop and potentially commercialize their innovations.

For Houston and the wider STEM community, the Conrad Challenge Innovation Summit isn’t just an event; it’s a celebration of future possibilities and the young minds that will drive us towards a sustainable society. As we witness their innovative approaches and solutions, there’s a palpable sense of hope that these young innovators not only aim to tackle today’s challenges but are well on their way to becoming the leading scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

Space Center Houston invites all interested parties to attend the Innovation EXPO and support these inspiring young innovators as they take their first steps towards changing the world. For more information, please visit [Space Center Houston’s official website](

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