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The goal of the CT Invention Convention is to provide the children of Connecticut with interesting, meaningful and age-appropriate opportunities to develop and enhance their critical-thinking skills using creative problem solving techniques. Our mission is to ensure that this educational and esteem-enhancing program instills the creative spirit in students today and for the rest of their lives.
Since our inception, an estimated 300,000 children, K-8, have experienced locally driven CIC invention programs, with roughly 15,000 students having participated at the state level. Each year an estimated 100 CT schools and 10,000 students participate. The top 700 young inventors winning locally compete at the state convention in a unique University setting.
The Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC) is an award winning, internationally recognized, 501(c)(3) (not-for-profit) educational organization started in 1983 as part of the Connecticut Educators Network for the Talented and Gifted. The program is open to K-8 students statewide, and is designed to develop, encourage, and enhance a student's critical thinking skills through stimulating hands-on activities.
Local teachers provide hands-on instruction using CIC's STEM-based and standards-linked curriculum. Integrated with local, state and national initiatives, CIC enables students to research, analyze and effectively focus on and solve their real-life problems, creating a self-sustained excitement for inquiry and learning. The CIC provides K-8 students with unique means to discover and experience new skill sets and learning techniques, and creatively apply these in their real-life settings, while nurturing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) earlier in their academic career.