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Guidelines for Parents of all Students, Homeschooled, and Independent Study Students

Registration for the independent inventor program is closed.  Please email us early next school year.

Thanks to the parents of all of our student inventors for helping to make their dreams come true. Without your care and attention, we know that many inventors would not complete this unique process which promotes creative problem solving and critical thinking skills. 

Along the way, we ask you to follow one simple guideline for parent involvement – treat the invention activity the same way you would treat a sport in which your student is engaged. In sports, you make sure they have their equipment ready, you bring them where they have to go, you cheer them on and give a hug when needed, but you do not go on the field by their side.

In invention, the problem must be the student’s own, the solution must be of their own design, and the Inventor’s Log should reflect these steps. However, a student might need to go to a hardware store or to a relative’s home to borrow equipment and that’s where you come in. They might need to be reminded about the deadline or need supervision with hand or power tools. What a wonderful way for you to share real, practical skills with your student that they will have forever.

The following information is helpful to guide your involvement with your student's invention process. Additional guidelines are listed to help your inventor adhere to CIC's guidelines for successful inventions.  Clicking on the document icons will download them to your computer. 


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 General Guidelines for Parents - being updated for 2019-20...come back soon!            


 Help Your Child Identify Problems

 Invention Logs in English and Spanish 

K-2      3-8

 Display Board Dimensions 48" x 36" trifold  (24" wide with two 12" side flaps)

 Rules for K-2 Inventors and Inventions

 Rules for 3-12 Inventors and Inventions

 Use of Apps and Microcontrollers