Why include CIC in your curriculum?
Invention is . . .
- NGSS and Connecticut Core Standards Based – A proven educational unit which “covers the standards” effortlessly and naturally.
- STEM Integrated – Linked with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as English, economics, sociology, presentation skills, information technology, art, marketing, and much more.
- Differentiated Education - Accommodates different student needs and learning styles.
- Founded on Higher Order Thinking Skills - Problem-defining and problem-solving techniques are taught and utilized.
- 21st Century Skills Related – Age appropriate links to personal growth, learning paths, and global issues
How Does Invention Fit Into my School or Program?
- A flexible program, ideally 6-12 weeks, which fits many time frames and instructional situations, before, during, and after school.
- You can begin small. Invent with a single class, an after school club, a scout troop, etc.
- Medium-sized program can involve a whole grade level, a middle school team, an entire science roster.
- Large programs are multiple grade levels, school-wide or even town-wide.
Benefits to School/Program
- Standards based instruction
- The program may be offered K-8.
- Inexpensive and “Green”
- Community and parent involvement is integral
- Student Recognition at the local, regional and state level
- Flexible program design
- Elementary or Secondary
- After-school Program
Benefits to Students
- Student generated process - students identify and solve a problem
- Opportunity for original creativity and innovativeness
- Chance to be recognized for their engineering talent and most get to use hand tools
- Opportunity for personal growth and building of self-esteem
- Enhanced communication and research skills
- Real life opportunity to achieve something for the good of all