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|Aired on October 10th, 2010|
|Guests: Joshua Neubert, Hung-Jen Wu|
|Guests: Josh Neubert, Hung-Jen Wu. Topics: The Conrad Foundation Spirit of Innovation Awards Program. Please note that you are invited to comment, ask questions, and rate this program on the new Space Show blog, http://thespaceshowoutsidethebox.blogspot.com. We welcomed back Josh Neubert of the Conrad Foundation and Hun-Jen Wu, Co-Chair, Alumni Committee for the Spirit of Innovation Awards Program. We started our program with Josh giving us an overview of the Conrad Foundation, Pete Conrad, and the Spirit of Innovation Awards. We talked about the award categories, the high schools that participated, and the participating teams. As you will hear, the awards were in three areas, aerospace exploration, clean energy, and the new section for cyber security. Hung-Jen spoke to us about the future business leaders and the commercial nature of the awards program. In our second segment, we talked about the complete experience of being involved in the awards program and the Alumni Committee and its work with the new contestants/participants. A listener asked how the Conrad Foundation leveled the playing field for schools that are not strong in science compared to those that have a quality science program. As you will hear, they level the field through their outstanding mentor program. Others asked how people find out about the awards and Josh said the main thing was their website. Visit their site, www.conradawards.org. Another listener asked Hung-Jen about high school peer pressure and how his team was regarded and viewed by the other students. This was a very interesting and encouraging discussion. In our third and final segment, we talked about the Innovation Summit held at NASA Ames each spring and we looked into the future to see what was being planned for the Spirit Awards five years out. The Foundation is considering going into middle schools and there is a pilot program underway to test that idea. Josh also talked about their portal concept which is about mentoring and connecting the winning teams with business professionals that can help transition the project into a commercially successful venture. Hung-Jen talked about his idea of goals for the future and both Josh and Hung-Jen focused on getting more responses and involvement with teachers. If you have questions or comments for either of our guests, you can post them on the Space Show blog URL above. You can also use firstname.lastname@example.org and in the subject line reference The Space Show with Josh and Hung-Jen.|
|About our guests...|
Joshua has extensive experience creating and managing innovative education programs, non-profit organizations, and incentive prize competitions with a specific background in aerospace exploration, planetary science, and education. He is currently the Executive Director of the Night Rover Challenge, a partnership between the Cleantech Open, Younoodle Inc., and NASA, where he leads the vision, direction, and implementation of the $1.5 Million prize. In 2008, prior to launching the Night Rover Challenge, Mr. Neubert joined forces with Nancy Conrad, wife of late Apollo 12 Commander Pete Conrad, to found the Conrad Foundation and create the Spirit of Innovation Awards – a high school science entrepreneurship program reaching over 2000 participants in its first 3 years. The program provided opportunities for students to create their own products in aerospace, energy, and other scientific disciplines. As the Foundation's Executive Director, Mr. Neubert used innovative education techniques to engage students in science and technology concepts and create a life-long impact on its participants. Previously Mr. Neubert also worked with other non-profit organization including leading a team at the X PRIZE Foundation to develop an annual two day educational experience for 12,000 students and 8,000 public attendees at the X PRIZE Cup. The Cup was an annual exposition and celebration of aerospace technology created by the X PRIZE Foundation with support from the New Mexico State government. Mr. Neubert was also the Director of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space – a national non-profit organization creating a community for university and high school students to engage in real-world opportunities in aerospace exploration. Mr. Neubert received a Bachelors (2003) and Masters (2004) degree in Planetary Science from MIT with a dissertation on improving Lunar and Martian in-situ resource utilization to enhance planetary exploration.
Co-Chair, Alumni Committee, Conrad Foundation Spirit of Innovation Awards Program 2010 Finalist with team Monta Vista FBLA.
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