Most people probably don't consider scientists to be creative types. Mad perhaps, but not creative. The thing is, the process of developing new products, new theories, new substances and new uses for items that no one has ever thought of or attempted before, is by its very nature, creative. In this hands-on gallery featuring inventions and inventors from Connecticut, you'll get to explore and demonstrate for yourself the process of invention.
Connecticut Invention Convention
Since 1983, the Connecticut Invention Convention has been promoting creativity, problem-solving skills and inventiveness in Connecticut students from kindergarten through high school.
The CIC program involves a full year of teacher training, workshops and hands-on student activities culminating in the spring Convention. To find more about how to participate in next year's convention, visit http://www.ctinventionconvention.org.
Connecticut Science Fair
The Connecticut Science Fair is an annual, statewide event promoting interest in science, engineering and mathematics in middle and high school students. Last year, over 15,000 students from Connecticut and several towns in New York competed for 500 spaces at the fair held at Quinnipiac University in Hamden.
Winners of the CSF go on to compete in other national and international science achievement events such as the International Science and Engineering Fair sponsored by The Science Service in Washington, D.C. and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
For more information, visit http://www.ctsciencefair.org/index.html
Connecticut State University Partnership
Western Connecticut State University's Dr. Theodora Pinou and Southern Connecticut State University's Dr. Scott Graves have developed a unique Wii-based tracking device that helps users explore the concept of navigation and how past cultures solved the problem of understanding where they were, how to get someplace else and return again. Within the Science Center, visitors will use the device to experience remote sensing and will review research on satellite tracking of marine turtles around the globe as a real-world application of this technology.