The next generation of rocket scientists from around the world will converge on Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for the 2017 Innovation Summit.

Imagine a science fair extraordinaire.

The innovators are the top 42 team finalists from a field of 150 that competed last November in the Conrad Spirit of Innovation ChallengeThey will use STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills to present their innovative ideas for global sustainability.

The young scientists ages 13-18 will give presentations in Aerospace & Aviation, Cyber-Technology & Security, Energy & Environment and Health & Nutrition. Teams are evaluated on the innovation of their concept and the viability of their product or service to be sold commercially.

They will compete for funding grants, investment opportunities, patent support, business services and scholarships.

The students represent cities across the U.S. as well as Australia, Canada, India, Japan, New Zealand and Thailand

The competition begins Thursday and runs through Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. A daily schedule of student presentations and guest speakers is available at:


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