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Judge Training Materials

The CIC is committed to helping support its judges as they learn best practices for encouraging and mentoring our students.   The information on this page provides background, examples, and explanations about the process of creative problem solving through invention that we are trying to instill in these young inventors.

While we train all our judges prior to Judging time at each event, we invite you to take some time to review the materials completely before arriving for your first judging assignment. Below are some terms to help familiarize you with CIC Judging.


Judging Circle - The Judging Circle is comprised of a group of 7-9 inventors and their judges, configured to involved the entire group of young inventors in a discussion of each invention, as led by the judges.

Judging Rubric and Criteria - The judging Rubric and Judging Criteria is used to assess the inventor's presentation and invention. 

Circle Assignment - each judging circle is labelled with a letter and number which corresponds to a location on the judging floor. Upon check-in at an invention convention venue, Judges are assigned judging circles in teams of 2 or 3 and given a lanyard indicating the circle assigned to each judge. For security reasons, we ask that you wear the lanyard at all times when you are in judging circles. Every effort is made to pair new judges with a veteran judge.