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How is CIC Offered to Students?

There are several ways students can participate in a CIC  Program:

- through their school, whether in school, at an after school program, as part of an enrichment program, or part of an intervention program;
- in a homeschooling environment;
- through a non-school program, such as an invention club or organized groups such as 4H and Scouts
- or as an independent study

In 2016-17, CIC implemented an expansion of its program to include Regional Events, followed by the CIC Finals Event. Due to these additional events, some processes have changed.

Please read the information below that pertains to the way your student(s) participate(s) in the CIC Program to detemine how these processes affect you, the parent. Should you require additional information or clarification, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your full name, the student's name, their teacher's name, their school, and your question or problem.  


Students Who Participate in CIC Through a In-School, After School, Non-School Club or Group Program:

Enrollment:

The student will be enrolled in the CIC program by their teacher or program leader by a deadline date determined by CIC. Prior to that date, teachers may periodically send announcements, forms, instructions, and other information pertaining to the CIC program, home with the student. While there is no fee to participate at the school/program level, there are two modest registration fees to participate in the Regional Event ($20) and CIC Finals ($30).

Regional Event Registration:

If your student is selected to move on from the local school invention convention to the Regional Event, and the school has identified you, the parents, as the party responsible for paying the registration fee ($20), you will receive an email with a link for payment by credit card. Once paid, you will receive a confirmation email with another link to CIC's Photo/Video/Social Media Permission Form.  Along with their paid registration, this form is the student's entrance ticket to the Regional Event and will be presented at check-in. To expedite check-in, please fill out the form prior to arriving at the venue. The schedule, agenda, and directions to all Events is listed here and on the Event Page under Student Events. 

Regional Event Attendance:

Each Regional event date and venue is reserved for pre-determined schools. Students selected to move on to a Regional Event should plan to attend the regional assigned to their school as there are a finite number of spaces for all students.  Students must attend the event to participate

CIC Finals Event Registration:

From the Regional Event, if your student is selected to move on to the CIC Finals Event, CIC will complete the registration for your student.  If you have been identified by your student's school as the party responsible for paying the registration fee ($30), you will receive an email with a link for payment by credit card.  Once paid, you will receive a confirmation email.  No Photo Permission Form will be needed for the CIC Finals Event, as CIC will already have collected them at the prior Regional Event.

For legal reasons, students are NOT allowed to register themselves and all registrations must be done by an adult.  For all CIC events, registration is handled by the student's teacher and CIC. 


Students are Homeschooled or Cannot Otherwise Participate in CIC Through a School/After School Program, Because the Program is Not Offered to Them:

Most K-12 students who would like to participate in a CIC program can do so through their school or after school/club/group, but if none of those options is available, a K-12 student may participate in the CIC as in Independent Study Student (ISS).

Students are Qualified to Participate as an ISS only if they fall into one of these situations:

  • They are Home-schooled
  • Student's school has not joined the CIC program, but the student wants to participate in CIC
  • Student's school has joined the CIC program, but participation in the school's CIC program is not offered to the student. For example, the student may be in 8th grade, but the school is doing the program with 4th graders.

Important to Note: If the school gives the student the opportunity to participate, regardless of their grade, but the student decides not to participate with their school, they cannot be an ISS.  If, for any reason, the school does NOT select the student to move on to the Regional Event, then the student can NOT register as an ISS. 

Only K-12 students who fall into one of the situations above can participate in the CIC as an ISS. With your child present, please read Guidelines for Inventors for important information regarding the rules for participation in CIC Invention Conventions.

Registration:

Your student's registration begins with emailing Christine Lawlor-King, CIC Director of Education at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.The earlier the better, to meet the registration deadline date listed on CIC's homepage.

Fees:

Fees to participate in the Regional ($20) and Finals ($30) events must be paid prior to attending the events.  The parent is sent an email with a link to pay by credit card for each event. Once paid, the parent receives an email confirming the student's registration along with a link to download the Photo/Video/Social Media permission form. Along with their paid registration, this form is the student's entrance ticket to the Regional Event and will be presented at check-in. To expedite check-in, please fill out the form prior to arriving at the venue. The schedule, agenda, and directions to all Events is listed here and on the Event Page under Student Events. 

Regional Event Attendance:

Students selected to move on to a Regional Event  will be assigned the closest venue to their hometown. Students must attend the event to participate

CIC Finals Event Registration:

From the Regional Event, if your student is selected to move on to the CIC Finals Event, CIC will complete the registration for your student and email you a link to pay the $30 registration fee by credit card.  Once paid, you will receive a confirmation email.  No Photo Permission Form will be needed for the CIC Finals Event, as CIC will already have collected them at the prior Regional Event.

For legal reasons, students are NOT allowed to register themselves and all registrations must be done by an adult.  For all CIC events, registration for Homeschooled/ISS students is handled through the parent contacting Christine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..