Partners

Numerous companies and organizations generously support the Conrad Foundation’s Spirit of Innovation Challenge.

Corporate & Government Partners
Challenge Partners
Champion Partners

 

Champion Partners

Supporting the success of the Spirit of Innovation Challenge is our access to robust networks of students, teachers and potential mentors. We appreciate the work done by our global network of Champion Partners to support the Spirit of Innovation Challenge. If you would like to play a part in supporting education, innovation and entrepreneurship, please contact our education & outreach director Carrie Taylor at carrie.taylor (at) conradfoundation.org.



 
Ramon Foundation The Ramon Foundation is the Exclusive Spirit of Innovation Challenge Champion Partner for the State of Israel

About the Ramon Foundation

The Ramon Foundation was founded by Rona Ramon, the wife of the first Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon, who perished in the Columbia shuttle accident. The Ramon Foundation promotes and initiates programs that inspire children to excel - both socially and academically. Using the amazing world of space and aviation and role models such as astronauts and pilots, the Ramon Foundation makes a difference not only in STEM education, but also in leadership values and social responsibility of the Israeli youth. The Ramon Foundation is constantly seeking for global partners to promote its goals in the international environment. http://www.ramonfoundation.org.il/

Afterschool Alliance

About the Afterschool Alliance

The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality afterschool programs.  More information is available at www.afterschoolalliance.org.

BattelleEd.org

About BattelleEd.org

BattelleEd.org supports and leverages state-based STEM networks to promote education innovation. Networks serve as validation and demonstration sites for cutting-edge teaching and learning practices, scaling high-quality education tools for a nationwide impact.

About Communities In Schools

Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.  Through a school-based site coordinator, Communities In Schools connects students and their families with critical community resources, tailored to local needs.  Working in nearly 3,000 schools, in the most challenged communities in 25 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools serves more than 1.3 million young people and their families every year.  It has been shown through an independent evaluation to be the nation’s only dropout prevention organization proven to both increase graduation rates and reduce dropout rates.

About the President's Challenge Program

About the President's Challenge Program

The President's Challenge is the premier program of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition administered through a co-sponsorship agreement with the Amateur Athletic Union. The President’s Challenge helps people of all ages and abilities increase their physical activity and improve their fitness through research-based information, easy-to-use tools, and friendly motivation. For more information about the President’s Challenge or the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award, visit www.presidentschallenge.org.

Project Lead the Way

About Project Lead The Way

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the nation’s leading provider of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education curricula to middle and high schools across the United States. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, PLTW exists to prepare students for the global economy through its world-class curriculum, high quality professional development, and an engaged network of educators, students, universities and industry professionals. PLTW offers three programs of study: Gateway To Technology, a middle school program that introduces students to STEM subjects and provides them with a solid foundation for continued STEM education in high school; and Pathway To Engineering and Biomedical Sciences, PLTW’s high school programs, which give students hands-on, problem solving opportunities and allows them to apply lessons learned in math and science. All programs introduce students to a wide range of STEM-related careers in fields including engineering and medicine. PLTW's rigorous and comprehensive curricula has been collaboratively designed by PLTW teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, and school administrators to promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving skills in students. Approximately 5,000 PLTW programs exist across the country in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. More than 400,000 students are currently taking PLTW courses. For more information, visit www.pltw.org.

About SEED

About SEED

Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development (SEED) is a non-profit initiative that brings science and technology programs to the communities in which Schlumberger operates. SEED uses four main approaches to implement this: Internet and technology grants, a multilingual science Web site, educational workshops, and learning tools. The program relies on employees, volunteers, and educators to leverage their technical expertise while encouraging students to look at global issues, such as water, health and safety, energy, and climate change.

About the Milken Foundation

Three decades since Michael and Lowell Milken created the Milken Family Foundation, their mission of Leading Advances in Education and Medical Research continues to produce groundbreaking initiatives.  Innovations in education are significantly changing the landscape of teacher quality, student outcomes and comprehensive education reform.  Innovations in medical research are transforming the ways in which research is conducted and connected, thus improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities worldwide.  Learn more at mff.org   

About The National Academy Foundation

The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is an acclaimed network of career-themed academies that open doors for underserved high school students to viable careers. For 30 years, NAF has refined a proven model that provides young people access to industry-specific curricula, work-based learning experiences, and relationships with business professionals. NAF academies focus on one of five career themes: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences. Employees of more than 2,500 companies volunteer in classrooms, act as mentors, engage NAF students in paid internships, and serve on local advisory boards. During the 2011-12 school year, 500 NAF academies serve 60,000 students across 39 states, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NAF’s national graduation rate of 97% testifies to the effectiveness this effort.

About the National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology

The NCSSSMST was established in 1988 to provide a forum for schools to exchange information and program ideas and to evolve alliances between them. As of  June, 2010 there were  over 100 institutional members (secondary schools), representing more than 40,000 students and 1,600 educators. These are joined by nearly 100 affiliate members (colleges, universities, summer programs, foundations, and corporations) who share the goals of transforming mathematics, science, and technology education.

About Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation

About Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation

Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to educational and charitable activities designed to improve intellectual property rights and educate the public about the importance of the patent system. To learn more visit www.ipoef.org.

Real Time Leadership Solutions, Inc.

About Real Time Leadership Solutions, Inc. (RTLS) works to increase educational access, expand business opportunities, and improve livelihoods, particularly for under-served communities.  RTLS, Inc. provides management, business development and international consulting services. Our key areas of focus are strategic planning, leadership development, international trade, and local/global connections.  We support enterprises that add value to communities, make a positive environmental impact, and strengthen the economy.  www.rtleads.com

About The Saylor Foundation

About The Saylor Foundation

The Saylor Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to make quality education freely available to all. To this end, we employ experienced professors to build college-level and professional courses from the wealth of material available on the Web. Today, the Foundation's free education initiative at Saylor.org provides over 270 free online courses to anyone with an Internet connection.

About Innovation Our World
The mission of Innovate Our World is to find ways to bring together people across the skills and interests spectrum (e.g., arts and literature to science and technology) to work on challenging and complex problems. IOW wants to take this movement a step further by bringing together students from diverse interests (e.g., arts and science) to learn and work together so that years later we have a world where the working engineer understands and pays critical attention to the societal aspects of technology and, conversely, the writer becomes technologically aware and can communicate with both technical and non-technical audiences. 

About Technovation

About Technovation

Technovation engages girls in computer science and entrepreneurship through an annual app development contest. In our program, high school girls work in teams to build smartphone apps and write business plans with the support of female mentors and their teachers. The program culminates in a final pitch competition where the girls pitch to venture capitalists and compete for $10,000 in funding to launch their company and take their app to market. Learn more and get involved today: www.technovationchallenge.org.

Udacity

About Udacity

Udacity's mission is to bring accessible, affordable, engaging, and highly effective higher education to the world. We believe that higher education is a basic human right, and we seek to empower our students to advance their education and careers. We are reinventing education for the 21st century by bridging the gap between real-world skills, relevant education, and employment. Our students will be fluent in new technology, programming, modern mathematics, science, entrepreneurship, and critical thinking. They will marry skills with creativity and humanity to learn, think, and do.

About Waters Foundation - Systems Thinking in Schools

About Waters Foundation - Systems Thinking in Schools

The mission of the Waters Foundation is to increase the capacity of educators to deliver student academic and lifetime benefits through the effective application of systems thinking concepts, habits and tools in classroom instruction and school improvement.

The Waters Foundation is a primary service provider for building teacher and administrator capacity to fully integrate systems thinking into classroom instruction and school and district leadership. Their work has supported over 500 schools to integrate systems thinking methodology in their classrooms, both nationally and internationally, in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines and Singapore. www.watersfoundation.org

About Career Cornerstone Center

About Career Cornerstone Center

The Career Cornerstone Center is a resource center for those exploring career paths in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine. The extensive site explores over 185 degree fields and offers detailed education requirements, salary and employment data, precollege ideas, and career planning resources.

About the National Girls Collaborative Project

About the National Girls Collaborative Project

The vision of the NGCP is to bring together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Local Collaboratives have an extensive network of organizations and individuals engaged in pursuing this common goal. Events provide networking and professional development opportunities for participants invested in providing K-12 STEM programming for girls. There are currently 28 Collaboratives, serving 38 states, facilitating collaboration between more than 12,800 organizations who serve more than 5.6 million girls. Find a Collaborative in your area at www.ngcproject.org.

About Science House Foundation

About Science House Foundation

Science House Foundation's mission is to get kids around the world excited about science and spark their imaginations. Currently operating in over twenty countries, Science House Foundation has three main programs: MicroGlobalScope, Terrabotic and PlanetCheckUp. Participants are connected through Science House Foundation's digital portals so they can share their discoveries and learn about the collaborative nature of science. sciencehousefoundation.org

About South Houston NSBE Jr.

About South Houston NSBE Jr.

South Houston NSBE Jr. is a pre-college chapter of The National Society of Black Engineers, whose focus is to stimulate the interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, or STEM. The goal is to encourage students in grades K–12 to attend college and pursue technical degrees. Their program provides activities to help students discover firsthand how engineering and technology relate to the world around them and discover the excitement of academic excellence, leadership, technical development and teamwork.

STEM Video Challenge

STEM Video Challenge

The National STEM Video Game Challenge, launched in 2010, is a multi-year competition that aims to motivate interest in STEM learning among America’s youth by tapping into students’ natural passion for playing and making video games. Middle and high school students across the country are challenged to create original video games, individually or as teams, and to submit their games for the opportunity to win important recognition for themselves and their communities. www.stemchallenge.org

               Global Youth Initiative

Global Youth Initiative is a collaboration between SNV USA, Conrad Foundation, and representatives from the public and private sectors working together to solicit solutions to poverty problems from today’s youth by providing them the opportunity to share their innovative solutions to end global poverty and promote interfaith dialogue to create a more peaceful and prosperous world. GYI is cultivating a future generation of compassionate leaders who are committed to improving the lives of millions. globalyouthinitiative.net

               About The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)

About The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) manages the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory. The organization is responsible for promoting and brokering research on Station for the benefit of humanity. www.iss-casis.org

               PCS Edventures

About PCS Edventures

PCS Edventures is a leader in providing "hands on robotics" education for K12 students. Educators who incorporate our products will intrinsically ask students to think “outside the box.” We involve students’ creativity and innovation, promote learning from failure, and apply brain appropriate strategies to everything we do as a medium for “teaching” students how to drive their learning experiences. PCS is creating a network of learning programs in schools and developed a turn key robotics lab, the Edventures Lab which may be dropped into schools, afterschool centers and technology centers, which inspires students to see themselves as the scientists, inventors and engineers of the future and who will provide solutions for the global challenges we face in he 21st century; www.pcsedventures.com.

               NanoSatisfi

About NanoSatisfi

Ardusat offers affordable access to space through a user programmable imaging and data platform. Starting at $250/week, the Ardusat satellites (2 launched Aug 2013, 1 scheduled for Dec 2013 and additional slated for 2014 and beyond) cost an order of magnitude less to build, launch and operate than traditional satellites. And now they are available to students for hands-on project based learning—imagine your child setting aside dry textbooks in favor of measuring the Earth's magnetic field with their very own satellite, and all of this from a simple and friendly web portal. https://ardusat.org/

               U.S. Space & Rocket Center

About U.S. Space & Rocket Center

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC), NASA's first Visitor Center, is home to Space Camp® that annually draws students from all 50 states and up to 63 nations. To learn more about the internationally-recognized camp programs, visit spacecamp.com. For more information on the USSRC, a Smithsonian affiliate that houses one of the best collections of space artifacts on the planet, visit rocketcenter.com