Jonas Dino
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Lisa Kennedy
Triple Point PR, San Francisco, Calif.
March 31, 2009
NASA Ames Hosts Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards Summit
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- News media are invited to attend the Innovation Generation Summit at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., on April 2- 4, 2009 and to learn who has won 2009 Pete Conrad 'Spirit of Innovation' Awards.

The 'Spirit of Innovation' Awards and Innovation Generation Summit are a tribute to Charles 'Pete' Conrad's history of innovation and entrepreneurship. Conrad was a highly decorated naval aviator and astronaut who took his first space flight on Gemini V, He was the third person to walk on the moon as commander of Apollo XII and later served as commander on Skylab II.

The competition attracted 66 high school teams from across the United States and a team from China. During the summit, 21 finalists will present their concepts and participate in workshops with members of industry and the scientific community.

The 'Spirit of Innovation' awards challenge students to create an entrepreneurial enterprise and develop a concept centered around one of the following areas: lunar exploration; innovative products for use in personal spaceflight; or crafting a clean, carbon-free way of using renewable energy to change everyday life.

The 21 finalists will compete for more than $120,000 in grants and the opportunity to work with leading scientists and industry experts to help bring their concepts to life.

What: 2009 Innovation Generation Summit and 'Spirit of Innovation' Awards.

Who: Twenty-one high school student teams, finalists for the 2009 'Spirit of Innovation' Awards.

When: Thursday, April 2, 2009
7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. PDT- Opening Ceremonies with Nancy Conrad, chair of The Conrad Foundation, and Dr. Simon 'Pete' Worden, director of NASA Ames.

Friday, April 3, 2009
8:30 a.m.- 12:45 p.m. PDT- Student Presentations
2 p.m.- 4:45 p.m. PDT- Student Workshops

Saturday, April 4, 2009
8:30 a.m.- 11 a.m. PDT- Student Workshops
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. PDT- Closing Ceremonies and Presentation of Awards with Conrad, Worden, Doug Comstock, director of NASA’s Innovative Partnership Program and Dr. Bernice Alston, deputy assistant administrator for NASA Education.

Where: The Ames Conference Center, Building 3, located on Severyns Avenue, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

For additional information or to attend the 2009 Innovation Generation Summit, please contact Jonas Dino at 650-604-5612 or by 1 p.m. PDT, April 1, 2009.

To reach NASA Ames, drive on U.S. 101, exit at Moffett Field/NASA Parkway, drive east on Moffett Boulevard towards the main gate. Drive through the main gate towards Hangar One and turn right on South Akron Road. The Ames Conference Center is located on Severyns Avenue and parking is available adjacent to Building 3.

For more information about the Conrad Foundation's 2009 Innovation Generation Summit and 'Spirit of Innovation' Awards, visit:

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