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Our Student Curriculum

CIC's curriculum is perfectly suited to the development and needs of the K-12 student.  The heart of the program is the Seven Essential Lessons that combine a professional path to invention and innovation with the age-appropriate activities for Kindergarten through 12th grade students. This curriculum is standards based, benefits all students, and fits into every non-school and home school program. Students will experience a unique view of their world and learn to keep their eye on the things in their present and future world which can be made to serve humanity. Even the youngest inventors walk away knowing that they can do complex things now and forever with just a little help and encouragement.

The Connecticut Invention Convention builds standards-based inquiry skills in students K-12 by introducing and leading them through the creation of their own invention to solve a problem of their own choosing. 

Invention is . . .

  • NGSS and Connecticut Core Standards Based – A proven educational unit which “covers the standards” effortlessly and naturally.
  • STEM Integrated – Linked with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as English, economics, sociology, presentation skills, information technology, art, marketing, and much more.
  • Founded on Higher Order Thinking Skills - Problem-defining and problem-solving techniques are taught and utilized.
  • 21st Century Skills Related – Age appropriate links to personal growth, learning paths, and global issues
  • Differentiated Education - Accommodates different student needs and learning styles.

 Invention Process

How Does Invention Fit Into my Home School or Independent Study Student Program?

  • A flexible program, ideally 6-12 weeks, which fits many time frames; 
  • You can begin small. Invent with a club or group.

Benefits to the Home School/Program Leaders

  • Standards based instruction - naturally highlights the NGSS science and engineering practices;
  • The program may be offered K-12;
  • Flexible program design;
  • Inexpensive;
  • Community and parent involvement is integral;
  • Student Recognition at the local, regional, state, national, and global levels.

Benefits to Students

  • Student generated process - students identify and solve a problem;
  • Enhanced communication and research skills;
  • Real life opportunity to achieve something for the good of all;
  • Opportunity for original creativity and innovativeness;
  • Chance to be recognized for their innovation talent;
  • Builds the skills employers are looking for: innovation, problem solving, communication, and collaboration.