Why Adopt the CIC Program?

It Works

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.

CIC 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.

It's Flexible

The CIC curriculum is K-12 and year-round. We provide the resources and the venue for your students to create, but the rest is up to you (and them!). Additionally, the program is free for the first year a school does it, including professional development sessions that help you understand the curriculum and how to make it successful in your school.

What we offer:

A flexible program, ideally 6-12 weeks, which fits many time frames; before, during, and after school.

You can begin small. Invent with a single class, an after school club, a scout troop, etc.

Medium-sized program can involve a whole grade level, a middle school team, an entire science roster.

Large programs are multiple grade levels, school-wide or even town-wide.

It's Inspirational

The students who graduate from our program today go on to become the inventors of tomorrow. They not only learn important skills, but get to experience the movement which is invention education. In doing so, they garner national and state attention for the effort they and their teachers put into the program.

The benefits to students:

A student generated process that fosters independent thinking

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

How Do I Teach the CIC Curriculum?


An Overview of Invention Education at Your School

Select staff.

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 before the registration deadline date of March 30, 2019, so that you have enough time to select and register your inventors moving on to the CIC Annual State Final Event, which will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019.  

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: 

  • School Registration- $150 (waived for first time schools). There is a discounted fee for districts/groups registering more than one school.
  • Professional Development cost – we hold workshops all across the state.
  • Awards and incidentals for local school convention, if needed
  • Student Registrations for your students going to the CIC Annual State Final Event. The fee is $45 per student, paid by the school, district, or parent.
  • Bus to transport inventors and their families to the CIC Annual State Final Event at UCONN, Storrs, CT (if needed, but not required)
  • Teacher stipend (if required) 

Online registration is required for all schools/programs.  You will create an account and use the login information to access your teacher workspace for all school and student registration information.

First time schools registration fee is waived, but registration is still required. Schools returning to the program pay $150. (There is a discounted fee schedule for districts/groups registering more than one school.)  Fees are payable by check on invoice or by credit card. 

CIC runs professional development sessions for new and veteran teachers.

  • Professional Development (PD) is required for all new CIC teachers and highly recommended for teachers who have not seen the curricular resources.
  • CIC PD is a great opportunity to meet other CIC teachers from your area that are running Invention Convention programs.
  • Registration and payment is required in advance of the class.

Hold a “Kick-Off Meeting” for all interested students

Get students excited and motivated to participate in invention convention. This is particularly important if you are running the invention convention program outside of your normal school curriculum. Tell parents about your plans and solicit participation. 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 6-8 weeks 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 consider the task before them and to be able to get their creative juices going.

Hold your own local Invention Convention.

Engage local businesses, civic organizations and other volunteers to come and judge the exhibits using CIC-provided judging materials. Judge training is available upon request. 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’ students who can move on to the CIC Annual State Final Event will be announced in early 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. (CIC is planning to incorporate this waiver into the registration process).

What You Get

CIC’s latest curriculum resources with connections to Common Core and NGSS standards

Support and coaching for your teachers

Online teacher workspace to register your school/program and register your students for the CIC Annual State Final event

Right to send your most accomplished students to the CIC Annual State Final event to join young inventors from nearly 300 schools from around the state.

Select students from the CIC Annual State Final event are invited to move on to the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan

Acceptance into a community of educators excelling at invention education

What It Costs

The program is free for schools participating for the first time.

After that, and for all returning schools, the enrollment fee is $150 per school/program. There is a Discounted School Registration Fee Schedule for districts/groups enrolling multiple schools.

Registration Requirements

​Complete all the required fields in the online registration form, including appropriate information about the student’s invention name, description and purpose. Pay the $45 registration fee per student or indicate that the parent/guardian is responsible to pay the fee. CIC’s Photo/Video/Social Media waiver must be approved (this is the former photo permission form, which we plan to do electronically this year).

While You Are at Finals...Volunteer!

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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