The Pete Conrad "Spirit of Innovation" Awards combine education, innovation, and entrepreneurship by challenging high school students to design products using science and technology. The competition is named after the late Pete Conrad, commander of Apollo 12 and the third man to walk on the Moon. After retiring from NASA, Conrad was a key participant in the ventures that created the beginning of the commercial space industry. For this year's competition, student teams will create an entrepreneurial enterprise and develop a concept centered around personal spaceflight, lunar exploration, or renewable energy.

The teams compete for over $120,000 of prize money. Winning teams will also have the opportunity to network with scientists, university professors, and world business leaders in order to further develop the proposed concepts and introduce them to the commercial marketplace. A panel of judges will critique all entries based on innovation, practicality, completeness, marketability, and relevance. Entries are due by January 9, 2009.

To register for the Pete Conrad "Spirit of Innovation" Awards, learn the complete contest rules, and view team profiles, click here .