The Conrad Foundation announces finalists for the 2011 Spirit of Innovation

SAN FRANCISCO (Feb. 8, 2011) - Officials with The Conrad Foundation today announced 27 high school teams will compete in the finals for the 2011 Spirit of Innovation Awards. The annual competition, presented by Lockheed Martin Corporation, 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 challenges students to develop new ideas in the areas of aerospace exploration, clean energy and cyber security. The finalist teams in each category include:

* Aerospace Exploration: creating an innovative product for use in aerospace exploration.

- Lennox Aerospace; Ballakermeen High School, Douglas, Isle of Man, British Isles
- Morphus; North Carolina School of Science and Math, Durham, NC
- MVNTHS Beta; Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, CA
- Ouroboros; Upper St. Clair High School, Pittsburgh, PA
- PVA; North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Durham, NC
- Star (Space Technology Research); Milken Community High School, LA, CA
- Unis In Space; North Carolina School of Science and Math, Durham, NC

* Clean Energy: creating an innovative product using clean energy or increased energy efficiency or energy storage technology to improve everyday life.

- Air-Ease; Whitehorse High School, Montezuma Creek, UT
- BEHD; Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA
- CIRPSICSR; Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA
- Green Bacon; Charlottesville High School, Charlottesville, VA
- Helios; Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, CA
- Kinergy; Queen Elizabeth High School, Patrick, Isle of Man, British Isles
- Lost Altos Academy of Engineering; Los Altos Academy of Engineering, Hacienda Heights, CA
- Pe-U; Ninians High School, Doughlas, Isle of Man, British Isles
- Solar Cookout; Whitehorse High School, Montezuma Creek, UT
- Team SPEAD; North Carolina School of Science and Math, Durham, NC
- The PAGEboys; North Carolina School of Science and Math, Durham, NC
- Z00mb33z; Whitehorse High School, Montezuma Creek, UT

* Cyber Security: create a smartphone application to enhance our awareness of, and protection against threats around us.

- Infiniti Cyber Security; KIPP Houston High School, Houston, TX
- Lambda2.4; Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA
- Lost Alos Academy of Engineering; Los Altos Academy of Engineering, Hacienda Heights, CA
- R Squared; Beverly Hills High School, Beverly Hills, CA
- SARA; North Carolina School of Science and Math, Durham, NC
- Scientifica White Hats; Northern High School, Durham, NC
- UniSecurity; North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Durham, NC

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