The Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC) is an award winning, internationally recognized, 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational program designed to develop and enhance critical thinking skills in children in grades K-8 through invention, innovation and entrepreneurship, while encouraging their interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The CIC is the nation’s oldest continuously operating children’s invention competition, beginning in the 1983-1984 school year. An estimated 300,000 children have experienced local CIC invention programs. Annually, more than 10,000 students in grades K-8 across Connecticut from over 200 Connecticut schools take part in the CIC learning curriculum. The CIC is funded by grants and in-kind support from community, academic, and business institutions. Since 2008, the CIC has been on an aggressive expansion plan, growing school participation by more than 65%, expanding its partnership with the University of Connecticut School of Engineering to the School of Business, and adding 15 new corporate supporters, including prestigious national foundations such as the Annie E. Casey Foundation. From the ranks of corporate supporters such as United Technologies (23 years), Stanley Black & Decker, Eversource Energy (formerly Northeast Utilities), The Day, Bank of America, Boehringer-Ingelheim, CTNext, ESPN, Lincoln Financial Foundation, 3M, Alexion, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cantor Colburn, Comcast, CT Space Grant Consortium, Hubbell, Institute of Materials Science, Microsoft, Petit Family Foundation, Pitney Bowes, Praxair, Goodwin College Business and Manufacturing Center, and others, the CIC annually attracts and involves more than 300 professional judges for its program.