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The Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC) is an award winning, internationally recognized, 501(c)(3) educational organization started in 1983 as part of the Connecticut Educators Network for the Talented and Gifted. Today, the program is open to all K-8 students statewide, and is designed to develop, encourage, and enhance creative problem-solving and critical thinking skills through invention, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Invention provides students with a unique means to discover new skill sets and creatively apply these in real-life settings while nurturing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  The CIC curriculum is standards-based and enables students to research, analyze and effectively focus on and solve their real-life problems.

The regional events give up to 1,600 students an additional opportunity to present their prototypes among peers from their regions. The annual convention gives students and parents an introduction to careers in engineering with exhibits staffed by UConn's students and professors which showcase engineering disciplines, including civil, mechanical and chemical engineering – helping students discover engineering and science as possible careers.  

Since our inception, an estimated 300,000 K-8 children, have experienced CIC invention programs. Annually the CIC serves more than 17,000 students in grades K-8 across Connecticut from over 250+ participating Connecticut schools.  Of this number, up to 1,600 student inventors are invited to participate in one of CIC's Regional Events. Up to 700 of those student inventors are selected to join us at the annual state convention, held at the University of Connecticut.

The program is run by an executive staff which works closely with the CIC Board of Directors and is supported through private contributions and corporate sponsorships.

 

More than 250 Connecticut schools participate annually, 
creating over 17,000 young inventors each year.

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