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How CIC Works

The Connection Invention Connection program is conducted at the school/district and state levels. 

Below is an outline of the how the CIC works:

  • Each Fall, teachers register their schools with CIC which provides them access to CIC's online curriculum, teacher training, coaching, and support.  
  • Teachers from schools who are new to the program are requested to attend local teacher training sessions which help them to understand the core tenets of the program.
  • In the Fall and/or Winter months, teachers present the program, which naturally highlights the NGSS science and engineering practices through the process of invention and innovation, to their students.
  • Teachers conduct “local” invention conventions at their schools or take part in district-wide conventions. Through the school’s judging process, student inventors are identified and registered to move on to participate at the Connecticut Invention Convention Annual State Final event, scheduled at the end of April/beginning of May. 
  • At the Connecticut Invention Convention Annual State Final event, inventors are given the opportunity to present their inventions to their peers and industry judges for awards and recognition. 
  • Some inventors move on to the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE), scheduled in late May/early June, where they compete for awards and prizes with other student inventors from across the country and globe.