Register your school with us to be sure you receive our communications, invention skill building activities, training, and support. The deadline to register with us is December 31.
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.
The CIC program is open to all K-12 students both in and out of school. We provide the resources for students to learn invention and then the venue for your students to present their hard work. The program’s flexibility allows you to teach the program in a variety of settings and in the timeframe your school or program needs.
The students who solve problems in our program today go on to become the inventors of tomorrow. Inventors in our program, control their own learning and process, which is rewarding for any student. In addition, many of our inventors garner local, state, and national and attention for the effort they and their teachers put into the program.
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A Step-by-Step Overview of Invention Education at Your School
Teachers, enrichment leads, STEM coordinators, after-school coordinators – many people can play a role. The many duties your CIC leaders will perform include: teaching the curriculum, registering your school, registering students for the CIC Finals event, paying the event registration fee, receiving information from CIC, contacting CIC with questions, outreach to parents and community, and securing funding if needed.
Decide population and schedule for the program
Decide teaching population and time. Your staff selection might decide this, but if not, pick the grade levels, team, before school, after school, etc. that will be the target of the program. You want to consider having multiple grade levels involved in this program. It is amazing to see your students’ growth when they have multiple opportunities to invent.
Set date and location for your school/district’s local convention
Know your target date for the culmination of your local curriculum – your school/district Invention Convention. You will need to hold your local event prior to the CIC event registration deadline dates, so that you have enough time to select and register your inventors moving on to the CIC Annual State Final Event.
Set budget and secure funding
While running an Invention Convention program at your school is not expensive, some funds are required. The average school will spend the following each year:
Online registration is required for all schools/programs. Teachers, district secretaries, or instructional coaches can register the school(s).
Schools returning to the program pay $150. (There is a discounted fee schedule for districts/groups registering more than two schools.) Fees are payable by check or credit card.
CIC runs professional development sessions for new and veteran teachers
Hold a “Kick-Off Meeting” for all interested students
Get students excited and motivated to participate in the program. This is particularly important if you are running the Invention Convention program outside of your normal school curriculum. Tell parents about your plans and ask for their support. The CIC offers resources to registered schools to help get your students excited about the program (videos, flyers, success stories).
Plan instruction time
Instruction typically takes 6-12 weeks or more depending on how often classes are held. Some schools build this into their daily or weekly coursework during school; some make this an after school or enrichment program. Plan enough time for students to engage in invention skill building activities, plus create their own invention. Students can work on their inventions outside of school time as well. Once you are ready, begin the program.
Hold your own local Invention Convention
At the conclusion of your school program, host a school or district Invention Convention event. Engage local businesses, civic organizations and other volunteers to come and judge the exhibits using CIC-provided judging materials. Invite families and other classes to come in and view the displays.
Select the inventors to attend the CIC Finals Event
The percentage of each schools’ inventors who can move on to the CIC Annual State Final Event will be announced in January/February. Register your inventors selected for the CIC Annual State Final Event and communicate with parents. All students attending the CIC Annual State Final Event must sign photo/video/social media waivers.
The program is free for schools participating for the first time.
The school enrollment fee is $150 per school/program for all returning schools. To celebrate multiple schools in a district participating with us, we offer a Discounted School Registration Fee Schedule for districts/groups enrolling multiple schools.
Your special status as a teacher is needed at our events as inventor coordinators and floor monitors during judging. This is a great way to help other students and even see how CIC is run at other schools. It is a very rewarding experience. If you would like to participate in a CIC event as a teacher volunteer, let us know!
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