As an active member of the STEM education community since 1983, the Connecticut Invention Convention prides itself on building a network of passionate individuals and organizations that wish to inspire and create new educational opportunities for students. CIC is excited to support programming in Massachusetts for the 2023-2024 school year! By partnering with us, you become a critical part of our mission; to bring innovation and entrepreneurship education to as many students as possible in southern New England.
By partnering with us, you will receive:
A Step-by-Step Overview of Participation
Select staff and Register
Decide who will be the lead contact person for your program. This person will register and receive regular updates from us. Registration runs from September through December. Depending on how you want to implement Invention Convention, you can involve any other educators, coordinators and staff as needed – many different people can play a role.
Decide population and schedule for the program
There are many different ways to successfully implement Invention Convention. You can involve as many participants as you like, and can target one or multiple age groups. Our programs have successfully been run in many different formats.
Invention Convention is a flexible program that can be run during various times of the year. Keep in mind however that if your program is interested in sending students to your state event, these selected inventors will need to submit their projects to us by mid-March. Participation in state events is not required to run Invention Convention, and there are various means by which your participants can showcase their work.
Set budget and secure funding
While running an Invention Convention program is generally inexpensive, some funds are required. The average program will spend the following each year:
Plan for Professional Development for Program Staff
Hold a “Kick-Off Meeting” for your inventors
Get students excited and motivated to participate in the program. This is particularly important if you are running the Invention Convention program outside of a school setting. Keep parents informed and ask for their support. The CIC offers resources to help get your students excited about the program (videos, flyers, success stories).
Plan instruction time
Instruction typically takes 6-12 weeks depending on how often meetings are held. Plan enough time for your inventors to engage in invention skill building activities, plus create their own invention. Students can work on their inventions outside of school time as well. CIC Staff can help you build a program that fits your timeframe and needs. Once you are ready, begin the program!
Hold your own local Invention Convention
At the conclusion of your program, consider hosting your own Invention Convention event. This can be as big or small as you like. You can engage local businesses, civic organizations and other volunteers to come and help judge your inventor's projects. Invite families and other classes to come in and view the displays.
Optional - Select inventors to participate in the MA State Finals
The number of inventors who can move on to the Massachusetts State Finals from your school or program will be communicated in January, once we know how many students overall in the state are participating. Each school or program chooses the inventors they would like to move on to the state Finals, and we provide you with detailed directions for parents to submit their inventor's project online.