Hello fellow pushers and donors!My name is Chris Kopas and I am pumped to participate in this year's campaign. I am participating because I think it is a unique and worthy cause that will be fun to raise money for. Education and fitness are two areas that I am very passionate about. This campaign is important because as a state and a country, we need more innovators. We need people to think outside of the box to solve complex issues in a world where we face complex social, financial, political, environmental, and ethical issues that will shape our future. Inventing and entrepreneurship are great ways to support the economy and in Connecticut we certainly need that. This program is also helping students expand their minds in a positive way, showing them that there are truly no limits on what is capable. It is this sort of thinking that I appreciate and is important to teach. Fitness has also always been very important to me. I have been involved with sports my entire life and value a healthy, active lifestyle. I love teamwork and being able to come together with a group of strangers in support of one common goal is a very powerful experience. For these reasons I am participating in this program this year. My workout routine is always changing. I play basketball and soccer leagues, and I also like to run, bike, and lift weights. My one workout tip would be to make sure your workouts are fun and diversified. It's not easy to motivate all the time, but it is easy to workout when you have challenging goals and new exercises ahead of you. For example when I run, I always time myself and I use many different running routes of varying distances. And I HATE running on a treadmill. I'd rather be outside in 40 degree weather than running on a treadmill.
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The Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC), a 36-year-old, 501c3 nonprofit organization, is the nation’s largest continuously operating program for K-12 student inventors and entrepreneurs.
100% of the proceeds raised by Push For Entrepreneurship are donated to CIC.
CIC’s mission is to teach students creative problem-solving techniques through inventing, innovating, and entrepreneurship, by teachers trained in CIC’s programs. CIC programs have been endorsed by CT’s educational leaders as promoting creativity and critical thinking, and have received prestigious recognition, including trips to the White House Science Fairs.
In Connecticut, more than 17,000 K-12 students in nearly 300 schools annually have CIC classroom-based programs.
Students compete in their schools and winners present their inventions at local and district events and at the state wide convention in May.
Selected state winners advance to the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan, in June.
CIC inventors comprises 50% girls and 26% minority students, with program growth focused in under-served school districts.
CIC inventors pursue entrepreneurship through patenting, investment, and commercialization.
Your donation will be used to provide hundreds of Bridgeport, Norwalk, and New Haven K-12 students the opportunity to participate in a program that will change their lives and our futures.
2016 Event Numbers
- 28 Pushers
- $ 29,488.50 Funded