GRANTEE: Connecticut Invention Convention


The Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC) believes that invention and innovation are crucial not only to help better acknowledge and address the problems of today, but also to meet the challenges of tomorrow.  They believe that equipping the next generation with a strong skillset in creative problem solving is imperative, and that it must be done in a way that is accessible to all walks of life, all kinds of minds, and without the barriers that limit so many students from pursuing STEM today.

  • Over 6,000 K-12 students participated in CIC programs so far this year.
  • Officially licensed CIC programming in 158 Connecticut schools.
  • An estimated 400 teachers in Connecticut taught Invention Convention.
  • Nearly 4,000 device views of Connecticut Invention Convention State Finals.
  • An estimated 23% of Connecticut students reached across K-12 career.


Continuous Improvement in Accessibility

  • The Connecticut Invention Convention is a 501c(3) non-profit organization launched in 1983.
  • Students assemble their inventions out of objects found in the home. There are no required kits and no program fees to students.
  • School-wide registration to the program and state event costs just $150 • As a result, the CIC maintained strong diversity in 2020-2021, with the following results:
    • 58% of CIC students self-identify as female.
    • 34% of CIC students self-identify as inventors of color.
    • Connecticut Invention Convention brought its programs to 1,171 students in Hartford County.
    • 33% of CIC students come from areas below the median income line.
    • CIC brought a 10-week in-school innovation program to 631 Hartford County students during the school year, including 215 students in downtown Hartford.