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Isle of Man Students Invited to Enter Conrad Challenge

Isle of Man students are being invited to form teams and enter the 2023-24 Conrad Challenge, with the chance of landing a trip to the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The annual competition was founded by Nancy Conrad to honour the legacy of her late husband, Apollo astronaut Pete Conrad, and is open to students aged 13-18 around the globe. The teams can enter one of four categories – Aerospace & Aviation, Cyber-Technology & Security, Energy & Environment and Health & Nutrition.

Each year the ManSat Group, which recently rebranded as River Advisers, sponsors Isle of Man teams by covering their entry fees to the Conrad Challenge, along with travel costs should a team reach the final, which takes place at the Johnson Space Center.

Teams have until 3rd November 2023 to assemble their crew of between two and five members, and enter the Challenge by completing the ‘activation stage’:

Jennifer Stone, Chief Technical Officer at River Advisers, said: “The Conrad Challenge is an inspiring competition that provides budding entrepreneurs with an opportunity to apply their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills to potentially develop the products and solutions of tomorrow. Our teams have had much success in reaching the latter stages of previous Challenges and we wish this year’s entrants the best of luck as they bid to continue Manx success in the competition.”

River Advisers supports a range of educational opportunities for Isle of Man students within the ManSat Scholarship Programs. In addition to the Conrad Challenge, it offers scholarships to the NASA United Space School, held in Houston in July, and has sponsored Island high schools to participate in the UK Rocketry Challenge. In addition, it awards an annual ‘ManSat Fellowship’ grant for Manx students seeking to further their studies in space, and scholarships to programs run by the International Space University in Strasbourg.

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