All competition events
Local School Invention Conventions
More than 250 local competitions are held across the state, supporting the curriculum and invention process in single or multiple schools in a district or city. These local competitions are often in the same general format as the Regional Events and the CIC Annual State Finals, and have local judges and awards.
Local school competitions are often held alongside science fairs in school, given the similarity of the two events, albeit in different disciplines; many schools find the two complement each other quite nicely in fact. Local invention conventions are generally open to the public. The selected students at local competitions are invited to the Regional Events and then may be selected to move on to the CIC Annual State Finals held at UCONN each year, where nearly 1,000 students present their inventions to judges.
Regional Invention Conventions
To enable more students to participate in Invention Convention events beyond their local school, we have created a set of Regional Events. Some students will be selected at their Local School Invention Convention to participate in the Regional Event assigned to their school. For 2016-17 CIC program, there will be four (4) statewide Regional Events. Click here to see the Regional Events schedule for your child's school. Please note: Students are assigned to the Regional Event according to the county where their school is located. Students can NOT switch to another Regional, no matter what the reason. Sorry!
Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC) Finals, also known as CIC Annual State Finals
Each Spring, the culmination of the CIC learning experience is an exciting event held on the campus of the University of Connecticut. The Connecticut Invention Convention is hosted by UCONN's School of Engineering in Gampel Pavilion, home of the UCONN Huskies Basketball Teams.
The Annual Convention provides an opportunity for the winners that have participated at more than 250 local invention conventions and then Regional Events aross the state during the year, to compete with their peers for many coveted awards and recognitions. More than 7.000 people, including nearly 1,000 competitors attend each year.
The format for the event itself, as regards the students, is that each child presents his/her invention to a judging circle comprised of about 9 other students and 2-3 judges. Each child has about 5 minutes to present their invention and then the other students and judges will ask questions about the invention. For information on Judging Criteria, click here.
The annual event is packed with many other invention and innovation oriented activities including interactive Engineering and Science exhibits and representatives from industry, academia and the community on hand to answer questions about the Engineering profession, as well as opportunities for marketing, promoting, and manufacturing inventions the students create.
National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE)
Some students from the CIC Annual State Finals will be selected to participate in the NICEE which will be held in Washington DC, on Saturday, June 3, 2017. More information about this event will be posted later.