Welcome to the 2020-2021 Connecticut Invention Convention Program

Important Dates & Times

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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 21 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.


Students, if you are here to register for the Connecticut Invention Convention 2020, 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.

Please direct questions to: carol@ctinventionconvention.org

Student's Main Page


Welcome to the 2020 Connecticut Invention Convention Finals.

For more information about the event, click here



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.

Logbook and Display Board Judging Instructions

1. Enter the judging system using this link: ct.zfairs.com

2. Log in:

  • Select LOG IN – in the upper right hand corner.
  • Use your log in information from the first round of judging.

3. Select JUDGING in the upper bar.

4. Select GO TO ONLINE JUDGING in the dropdown menu.

5. Choose a CATEGORY and then press the SEE PROJECTS button to access the submissions.

6. Click on a project at the top of the list to open up the submission.

7. You can find the inventor’s grade in the upper blue bar, right next to the inventor’s name. Knowing the inventor’s grade will help you during your evaluation.

8. Click on the arrow in the VIEW PROJECT INFORMATION green bar.

To view the display board images:

  • Click on the PROJECT IMAGES tab.
  • Inventors were allowed to upload a maximum of 6 images of their display board and prototype. Go through the images to view the display board.
  • The Display Board rubric is at the end of the images. It is the first rubric topic. Score the board according to the information displayed and visual appeal.
  • Hopefully there are enough close up pictures for you to see the information included on the board. If there are not enough pictures to truly see the details, then the board should receive a lower score. Do not use N/A if you cannot see the information.
  • Score both the Content and Visual Appeal categories.

To read the Invention Log:

  • If the inventor submitted a logbook, click on the LOGBOOK tab. (If a logbook was not uploaded, the tab will not appear.)
  • Read through the pages of the logbook and evaluate its thoroughness.
  • The Invention Log rubric appears at the bottom of the page.
  • Score the 3 categories on the rubric.

When you have finished your scoring, click on the SUBMIT JUDGING button.


Not every submission will have both items:

With the school closing, some inventors did not have their boards and logbooks. There will be submissions you click on that have neither or only one of these items.

  • If a submission has neither item, choose N/A for all points on the rubric, and then click on the SUBMIT JUDGING button at the end of the rubric.
  • If a submission has only one of the items, score what is relevant to the submission. Choose N/A for the categories on the rubric that do not apply to the submission. Click on the SUBMIT JUDGING button at the end of the rubric.


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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