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Welcome to the 2020 - 2021 CIC Virtual Program

We hope your school year is filled with innovation and fun, even in challenging times. We have virtual lesson plans and worksheets for your virtual or hybrid plans, if you need them.  If you have questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We will host a virtual event where inventors submit videos and upload important documentation. 

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Our Virtual Event Timeline

March 10 – March 29         Inventor Registration

May 2                                 Award Ceremony, award winners will be posted on social media the next day

May 3                                 US Nationals invitations to advancers

May 13                               US Nationals registration deadline 

 

The Virtual Invention Convention program includes the following components:

  • Prototype: Inventors must create a physical solution to a problem of their choosing. They must design and build the prototype, with adult help if needed. We encourage all inventors to use materials they have around their house or school. We do not want families and schools purchasing expensive materials for this project. The materials should be age appropriate and, if you must purchase materials, you should spend no more than $50.  Using recycled materials is celebrated! (In a virtual event, the size of the prototype is no longer an issue.)

 

  • Invention Log: Inventors must record the journey of the invention process in a log or diary. Every time inventors work on their invention, they should document their process, challenges, failures, and triumphs. Logbooks can be handwritten or typed. Although the logbook has questions to answer, the inventor should add other pages as necessary, even scrap paper with drawings and feedback from other people. Inventors can upload handwritten logs as a PDFs into our online registration system. More instructions on uploading of the log will follow closer to the event. We have a logbook in our curriculum. 

 

  • Research: Inventors should be sure their invention is new and original, or an improvement on something that already exists. Inventors may use the Google Patent or USPTO websites to search patents and/or type in keywords that describe your invention into search engines/shopping sites. Working with experts is also a great way to enhance your project.

 

  • Visual display: Inventors should create a slide presentation highlighting their invention process and other important aspects of their invention. The slides can be a PowerPoint presentation or Google slides, or another online presentation platform. Be creative and highlight the most important aspects of your invention! We have slides to use in our curriculum.

  

  • Video presentation to judges: Our inventors will be expected to present their inventions in a short video to judges. Inventors should write out their script and practice their presentation often, when it is time. More instructions to follow.

 

Social Media

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  We will communicate announcements and stories through these platforms.  If you have stories about your inventors or teachers to share with us, please let us know.  We love to brag about the most important people in our program!

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