The Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC), a 35-year-old, 501c3 nonprofit organization, is the nation’s largest continuously operating program for K-8 student inventors and entrepreneurs.
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 Fair.
In Connecticut, more than 17,000 K-8 students in more than 246 schools annually have CIC classroom-based programs.
Students compete in their schools and winners present their inventions at local and regional events and at the state wide convention in May.
State finalists compete at the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan in June.
CIC inventors are 50% girls; and 26% minority students through programs in under-served schools.
CIC inventors pursue entrepreneurship through patenting, investment, and commercialization.
Your donation will be used to to support and expand the CIC program in Bridgeport and Norwalk to give middle schools an opportunity to fully participate in CIC’s programs. Schools are provided funding for teacher training, materials, on-site support, and student and family support. Similar programs are successful in Hartford, Danbury, New London, New Haven, Waterbury and Norwich, with thousands of underserved kids involved, but this program has not yet been piloted in Bridgeport.
Our donation to Push for Entrepreneurship will make possible the participation of hundreds of K-8 Bridgeport and Norwalk students in a program vital to their, and our future.