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The Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC) is a multiple awards winning, internationally recognized, 501(c)(3) educational organization started in 1983. Today, the program is open to all K-12 students statewide, and is designed to develop, encourage, and enhance creative problem-solving and critical thinking skills through invention, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Invention provides students with a unique means to discover new skill sets and creatively apply these in real-life settings while nurturing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  The CIC curriculum is standards-based and enables students to research, analyze and effectively focus on and solve their real-life problems.

The CIC Annual State Final event gives up to 1,000 students an opportunity to present their prototypes to their peers and adult judges. This event, also known as The Connecticut Invention Convention, is hosted by the University of Connecticut School of Engineering and gives students and parents an introduction to careers in engineering with exhibits staffed by UCONN's students and professors which showcase engineering disciplines, including civil, mechanical and chemical engineering – helping students discover engineering and science as possible careers. 

Since its inception, an estimated 300,000 K-12 children, have experienced CIC invention programs. Annually the CIC serves more than 17,000 students in grades K-12 across Connecticut from nearly 300 participating Connecticut schools.  CIC's long history and successful principles helped give rise to The STEMIE Coalition (STEMIE) and NICEE, which elevates K-12 invention and entrepreneurship education to a national level. 

The CIC program is run by an executive staff which works closely with the CIC Board of Directors and is supported through private contributions and corporate sponsorships.


Nearly 300 Connecticut elementary, middle and high schools participate annually, 
creating over 17,000 young inventors each year.