I am not an inventor. What can I say about the child's invention?
You can ask questions. You can get other students to respond to it and discuss the inventor's work. If possible, have another student try out the invention and see how well it works.
Do I need training for this?
The CIC provides an extensive Judge Training Workshop for about an hour starting at 8:30am on the morning of the Annual Convention in Storrs. It is more than enough exposure to the task of judging to apply your experience to the task at hand.
What if I don't understand the technical information presented?
The student has had to describe the invention before attending the CIC and should be able to explain it. Ask questions for your benefit and that of the other group members. Ask the other students to explain it in their words to confirm their understanding.
How much attention should I give to the display compared to the invention itself?
The display should help to clarify the invention and describe how the invention works and the problem it solves. Although many of our inventors use computers, photographs and other media to prepare their backboards, you should look for evidence of understanding and effort from the child.
What do I do with a child who is very shy or nervous?
Like many of us, some children are uncomfortable addressing a group. If this is the case, rather than having the inventor makes a presentation, simply follow a question-and-answer format, which should be easier. Remember, your demeanor can help tremendously. If you approach the judging circle with enthusiasm, humor, and a casual style, this will help the students loosen up.
What about the inventor who has a poor model but a great idea?
Find out how much the child really worked on the invention. Did the student not have access to material that would have made a better invention? Did an initial invention take a lot of time, leaving less time for a second attempt? Did the invention or model break and was there an attempt to reconstruct it?
Suppose the invention does not work that day?
Assume that it had previously worked. This will be highly stressful for the child. You can ask him/her to explain as much as possible without the actual operation. Explain to the child that you understand the idea and that sometimes things just don't work out.
How much help are parents allowed to give children with their inventions?
Parents may support their child's effort by assisting them with dangerous tools, gathering materials, or supplying in formation. The creative work and design should come from the child.
Can we recognize more than three students from our group?
Selecting only three members from a group can be difficult, but we have a limited number of awards. Keep in mind that these students are representatives from their school and have been previously recognized in order to participate in the CIC. By all means, congratulate all your students on their work, so that they can all feel good about their accomplishments.
How do I interact with parents?
Parents are not allowed in the judging circles and should be reminded of that. Parents will return to pick up their children at the end of the judging circles, at which time you should be deciding on your three recognized inventors.
Who Judges At CIC?
Here's a sampling of the firms from which our judges hail each year
- Angel Investor Forum
- Bank of America
- Barr & Barr
- Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Brand PR & Marketing Communications
- Bristol-Myers Squibb
- Cantor Colburn LLP
- City of Hartford
- Connecticut Department of Economic Development
- Connecticut Department of Public Safety
- Connecticut Fire Marshals Association
- Connecticut Light & Power/Yankee Gas
- Connecticut Safety Society
- Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair
Connecticut Space Grant Consortium
- CT Next
- Danbury Public Schools
- Department of Defense
- DST Output
- Eastern Connecticut State University
- Energy Efficiency Board
- General Dynamics – Electric Boat
- GE Energy Industrial Solutions
- Gerber Scientific, Inc.
- Goodwin College
- Google, Inc.
- Gunther International Ltd.
- Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
- Hartford Hospital
- Hartford Life Insurance Company
- Healthcare & Technology
- Infotech Enterprises Ltd.
- Innovatech LLC
- Institute for Defense Analyses
Institute of Materials Sciences
- Kaman Corporation
- Law Offices of Steven McHugh
- Lincoln Financial Group
- Loureiro Engineering Associates
- Manchester Community College
- McCormick, Paulding & Huber LLP
- MIT Alumni Association
Petit Family Foundation
- Pitney Bowes Inc.
- Pratt & Whitney
- Remarkable Technologies, Inc.
- Robinson & Cole
- Sacred Heart University
- Signcenter Enterprises
- Sikorsky Aircraft
- Stanley Black & Decker
Talcott Mountain Science Center
- Three Rivers Community College
- United Technologies Research Center
- University of Connecticut
- University of Hartford
- UTC Power
- VBrick Systems, Inc.
- Verizon Wireless
- West Hartford Public Schools
- Whole Foods Market, Inc.
- Wilbraham & Monson Academy