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Cast your vote to help local high school students win prestigious student award 14 March 2012

DOUGLAS — It is the power of the people that will select the 2012 winner of the People’s Choice Award, which is bestowed on the student team with the most innovative new product in the Conrad Foundation’s annual Spirit of Innovation Challenge (Conrad Challenge).

In its fifth year, the Conrad Challenge inspires teams of high school students across the globe to use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to create commercially viable, technology-based products in specific categories. The 2012 teams have innovated new technologies to solve real-world problems in Aerospace Exploration, Clean Energy, and Health and Nutrition.

Students representing St Ninian’s High School were recently selected as finalists in the Conrad Challenge. Through March 23, the public is invited to review the profiles of the 15 finalist teams, view their product videos and cast a vote. Isle of Man residents are encouraged to vote for their island team. One vote is allowed per person per challenge category.

Team members from the Isle of Man school include Abigail Verschueren, Adam Creamore, Elizabeth Quayle, Erin McMaster and Maria Hull. Their product, FOOGLE, is an app for Apple- and Android-compatible devices. Users input a food product or scan the barcode using the device’s camera. The app then provides nutritional information, tips for a healthy lifestyle, 10 types of exercises, and the time each activity takes to burn the calories of the selected food. Andrew Shipley serves as the team coach.

“Every year, I am awestruck by the incredible innovations put forth by students from across the globe,” said Nancy Conrad, founder and chairman of the Conrad Foundation. “This innovation generation is truly designing the future. Online voting is a great way for the public to support these students and recognize them for their visionary thinking.”

Currently, the finalist teams are preparing for the competition’s culminating event, the Innovation Summit, which will take place March 29-31, 2012 at NASA-Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. There, student teams will present their innovations and compete for awards and commercialization opportunities. Public votes provide valuable points in each team’s overall score. The People’s Choice Award winning team members will each receive a Kindle Fire.

About The Conrad Foundation

The Conrad Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to transforming the current methods of teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in high schools. The program is free to all who wish to participate and reaches all socio-economic levels. The Foundation is the only organization of its kind to combine education, innovation and entrepreneurship to inspire solutions for achieving global sustainability. For more information, visit www.conradawards.org.

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