Coaches are teachers, parents, home school leaders and afterschool program leaders who want to bring real-world context to their curriculum.
"As a teacher that has been fortunate enough to have teams make it to the summit level of the competition over multiple years, I can say that the process has changed my approach to teaching.
Most students are secretly 'itching' to try out their existing knowledge and skill sets on real problems, but rarely do us adults deem them capable or prepared enough to deal with existing real-world problems.
My advice to teachers is try it! The time commitment is really not that large on your part. Just advertise the challenge to all of your students. Challenge them as a group and individually.
My experience is that the students will set standards higher for themselves than you ever would. They will be creative, innovative, collaborative and work harder than they would for any grade or assignment you would require of them."
About Our Coaches
The Spirit of Innovation Challenge is a dynamic way for teachers, parents and afterschool coordinators to provide context and depth to their curriculum. As adult participants in the Conrad Challenge, coaches receive access to peer mentors and worldwide experts who can provide unique perspectives of the industries they serve.
Why Coach a Team?
A Coach’s Responsibility
Time commitments are flexible to your situation and the complexity of your team’s project. We recommend the following guidelines when planning your schedule: