Welcome to the 2020-2021 Connecticut Invention Convention Program

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Students, if you are here to register for the Connecticut Invention Convention 2021 State Finals, registration is currently closed.

When registration opens, click the "Create Account" link at the top of the page. Be sure to select STUDENT when registering if you are competing in the event.

The Connecticut Invention Convention Finals is an annual celebration of K-12 inventors and entrepreneurs from across Connecticut. This year's event will be held virtually due to the Corona Virus Covid-19. Traditionally held at The University of Connecticut for the past 22 years, this is the showcase event for Connecticut Invention Convention young inventors. The event usually provides a live, in-person opportunity for youth inventors and entrepreneurs in grades K-12 to display their critical thinking skills through inventing, innovating, and entrepreneurial activities.

Please direct questions to: christine@ctinventionconvention.org

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Welcome to the 2021 Connecticut Invention Convention Finals.

For more information about the event, click here


 

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Thank you... for taking the time to change the lives of children forever, by helping them to learn to think critically, creatively, and commercially to solve their very own real problems.

We are excited to have you meet our young inventors. Our 600+ young inventors need judges from all career paths to help them continue to improve upon their designs. Please register your information, so that we know you will serve as one of our judges. (Knowing an inventor, does not disqualify you from judging. You will have a choice of the inventors you judge. Please do not judge any inventor that you know or have a connection with.)

Our judging period will run from April 5th - April 23rd. In that time frame, we ask that you judge at least 10 inventors, but the more the merrier! You will watch inventor videos and read through their Invention Logs and display slides. Using a rubric, you will evaluate our inventors' invention process. 

We will be back in touch with judge training, to familiarize you with our rubric and online judging system. 

 

Welcome to a new year of Connecticut Invention Convention invention education programs (CIC)! Last year, CIC served over 17,000 students in grades K-12 across Connecticut and beyond.  We are excited to welcome you to CIC! We have created new virtual curriculm and activity resources for school and/or programs using virtual platforms this school year.

Please register your school as soon as possible.  Registering your school(s) is/are done through this link.  The deadline for school registration is December 31, 2020.  


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(s)
  • Right to send your most accomplished students to the CIC Annual State Final event(s) 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 Invention Convention Worldwide (ICW) at The Henry Ford (THF) Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan. This will be a virtual event in June 2021.
  • 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 are School Discount Registration Fees for districts/groups enrolling multiple schools.  

CIC Curriculum:

Once your school is registered, you will be given the link to access on-line our Curricular Resources where you will be able to find, download and print out any and all of the information you need. There are over 130 different lessons for grades K-12.  Activities are categorized by grade level and includes:

  • Step-by-step lesson plan
  • A list of the NGSS and Connecticut Common Core standards addressed
  • An introductory Powerpoint presentation
  • Evaluation rubric
  • Additional support materials

Now That You've Registered Your School:

  • Register for and attend Professional Development, held at various locations across the state to make sure you understand the program 
  • Get your students excited about inventing! Host a kick-off event and reach out to parents. Consult CIC for ideas/activities.
  • Take your students through the invention process and then let them design and create their own invention.

If you need support or encounter any challenges, please contact our Director of Education, Christine Lawlor-King.

Your Students Have Finished the Program, Now What?

  • Give your students an opportunity to present the problems they solved and the process they went through to arrive at their invention!
  • Host a local invention convention at your school, invite area professionals to judge the inventors and give constructive feedback and suggestions for improving their prototype.
  • If your school is part of a larger district program, get together with your teacher peers to host a combined schools event.
  • Using CIC guidelines, select and register a number of students to represent your school at the CIC Annual State Finals event for your school district. 

If you need more information or ideas of how to host a local invention convention either in person or virtually, please contact our Director of Education, Christine Lawlor-King.

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