A team of Columbus High School students has been named a finalist in a national science and technology competition.
The Columbus High team was one of 25 high school teams selected to advance to the final round of competition for The Conrad Foundation's 2010 Spirit of Innovation Awards.
The annual competition challenges students to solve real-world problems by creating science- and technology-based products that can be introduced to the marketplace.
This year's competition challenged students to develop new ideas in the areas of green schools, aerospace exploration, renewable energy and space nutrition.
Columbus High was named a finalist in the aerospace exploration category for its project, ARCSat. The student finalist teams will present their products to world-level scientists, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists April 8-10, 2010 at the Innovation Summit taking place at NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. Each teams' products will be evaluated for commercial viability.
Winning teams will be recognized as Pete Conrad Scholars and awarded $5,000 grants that will be shared by the schools, teachers and students to encourage the continued development of the teams' products. Selected teams will also be invited to participate in the Conrad Portal, where they will be assisted in obtaining patents and taking their product to the marketplace.