We are super excited about the upcoming 2012 Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC). The final event program is being held on Saturday, April 28 and will be on the UConn Campus. Complete details can be found here.
This is a big event for us for a number of reasons.
The first being that everyone here at Why Science places a tremendous value on the role of events like this within the large “edu-ecosystem”. Science fairs, technology contests and invention conventions are wonderful opportunities for us all to celebrate the best in our field. And by best, in this instance the reference is placed squarely on the wonderfully imaginative work that so many of our young and truly gifted students are able to create. To be able to walk the floor at an event like this and to see all the amazing faces of each and every participant is a real gift.
In addition, these events are critical because these types of event deliver an amazing experience and reinforce a culture that places a high value on STEM education. Anything that can achieve that is something we will always support.
Another reason we are so excited about this particular event is because of the amazing history of it. The Connecticut Invention Convention is celebrating it’s 29th year. In their own words:
An estimated 250,000 children have experienced local CIC invention programs. Annually, as many as 10,000 students in grades K-8 across Connecticut from over 100 Connecticut schools take part in the CIC learning curriculum. -CIC About Us Page
Talk about an impressive amount of achievement! Our hat’s off to everyone at CIC – this is an amazing record and we look forward to many more years.
And speaking of great reasons to be excited, how about this one:
271 adults are registered to judge this year. This is an all time high for judging participation and a clear indication that the STEM and education community in CT are dedicated to enabling more students to pursue STEM as a career. I am humbled that so many would turn out for CT youth and support this cause. –Tom Foth, Judging Coordinator & Board Member, CT Invention Convention
We’d also like to express our own feeling of appreciation to all the parents and the wonderful teachers that have put in so much effort to make this happen. You should all be congratulated and commended daily!
While the CIC has been very fortunate in that they have managed to secure a number of corporate donations, this event operates as a non-profit organization and we strongly encourage you all to consider making a donation to them.
This event is open to the public, so even if you are not entered as a participant, attending this event could be a great opportunity to learn what all the excitement is about.