The Benefits of Inventing

Many CIC inventors participate in the program in their schools or outside of school programs. If your school or program does not participate, tell your teachers and Principal to check us out. Ask them to contact us for help with implementing the program.

If you cannot participate with your school/program, contact us to register for our Independent Inventor Program.

In addition, we have many homeschooled inventors in our program. Contact us if you are homeschooled and would like to invent with us.

Why Should I Be an Inventor?

The Benefits of Inventing

  • It’s your project. You guide your process and learning. You can invent something you always dreamed of making a reality.
  • You will learn how to present a product and improve your speaking skills.
  • Make a mark on the world and give back. Most inventions we see are made to make things easier or help people.
  • You can be creative! Invention is not only for scientists. We have seen music inventions, inventions for sports, apps, kitchen products, and much more. The program celebrates all types of inventions!
  • This is your chance to show the world what you can do. You will gain valuable skills and opportunities through CIC. Many inventors meet mentors through their process. Many inventors appear on local and national media!
  • You do not have to be an A plus student to be the best inventor. Inventors think outside of the box to solve problems for the ones they love or their communities. That requires a type of thinking they might not be measured in your school tests. Even the best inventors fail and then overcome their challenges. Invention is a safe place to fail and then overcome!

Inventions always start with a problem to be solved, and sometimes it isn’t easy coming up with a solution. However, once you do, the results can be super rewarding. Our inventors have gone on to be scientists and launch their own companies, but the most rewarding part remains the process itself!

How Do I Create an Invention?

If you are inventing outside of a school or program, try to find a mentor to help you through your process. If you cannot find one, no worries, you can do this on your own. Invention is collaborative so although you will invent independently, you are never alone. You need to speak with many people along your journey.

To begin your invention journey, read the Invention Log. This diary will take you through the steps of the invention process. Answer the questions along the way.

Understand the rules of the program, and what is needed in order to present at one of our events. Understand the rubric, and what the judges will be evaluating you on!

How Do I Create an Invention?

Remember that invention should be fun! If you put in the effort and creativity, you could see your invention go to states and nationals, winning big prizes along the way!

Be sure to say thank you and give credit to all the people who helped you in the invention process (parents, teachers, your fellow students, and more!)

Invention Logs (Word)

Invention Logs (Google - coming soon!)

Virtual Convention Rules

Use of Apps and Microcontrollers

We Reach Over 290 Schools Every Year

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Invention Convention at a Glance

  • Each Fall, teachers register their schools with CIC which provides them access to CIC’s online curriculum, teacher training, coaching, and support.
  • In the Fall and/or Winter months, teachers present the program, which naturally highlights the NGSS science and engineering practices through the process of invention and innovation, to their students.
  • Teachers conduct “local” invention conventions at their schools or take part in district-wide conventions. Through the school’s judging process, student inventors are identified and registered to move on to participate at the Connecticut Invention Convention Annual State Final event, scheduled at the end of April/beginning of May.
  • At the Connecticut Invention Convention Annual State Final event, inventors are given the opportunity to present their inventions to their peers and industry judges for awards and recognition.
  • Some inventors move on to the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE), scheduled in late May/early June, where they compete for awards and prizes with other student inventors from across the country and globe.
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