State Finals 2023
Join us on June 10th to celebrate K-12 Innovation
 State Finals 2024 
Join us on June 8th to Celebrate K-12 Innovation!
Welcome to the 41st CT Invention Convention State Finals event presented by Stanley Black and Decker!

We look forward to welcoming hundreds of top K-12 inventors, judges and guests from across Connecticut on Saturday, June 8th. Join us at the University of Connecticut for our 41st year celebrating excellence in student innovation and entrepreneurship!

This is an invitation-only event for finalist inventors, judges, sponsors and guests. Judges, please Register above.
University of Connecticut
Gampel Pavillion
2098 Hillside Road, Storrs, CT 06268
Date & Time
June 8th, 2024, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
University of Connecticut - Gampel Pavillion and ITE Building (judges training)
2098 Hillside Road, Storrs, CT 06268
Note: Judges will check in at the Information Technology and Engineering Building (ITE) for training. See parking and event map below. 
Event Schedule - General Judges 
Please note - This is currently a draft schedule and subject to change - 
8:30 - 9:15 AM
General Judges Check In  - ITE Building
Judges, please check in at the ITE building lobby.  Coffee and light breakfast will be provided. Note: please allow yourself 10 minutes to park and make your way to the ITE building. 
9:30 - 10:20 AM
Judges Training - ITE C80
CIC Staff will provide an overview of the judging process. 
10:30 AM
Transition time
Judging groups make their way to Gampel for judging. Each judge group will be assigned a "circle" of about 6 projects. 
10:45-11:45 AM
Judging Period - Gampel Pavillion
Judges will visit their assigned projects and hear about each inventor's idea. Inventors should be prepared to share a brief (2-4 minute) overview of their invention. Judges can follow up with questions and take a couple of minutes to view the project materials.  
11:45-12:00 PM
Transition time
Judges make their way back to ITE C80. 
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Judge Reporting and Lunch
Judges report their scores and feedback to CIC staff. Lunch will be provided. Judges are welcome to depart at this time. 
1:30 - 2:30 PM
Optional - Awards Ceremony - Gampel Pavillion
Judges are welcome to attend the awards ceremony in Gampel Pavillion. 
Parking Information and Event Map
Free Parking is available in Z and Y lots - entrance located at the intersection of Gilbert and Hillside Road (see map below). 

Paid Parking is available in the South Parking Garage - pay at kiosk after you park.

Please check back for event map.

FAQs - General Judges
Where and when should judges check-in for the event?

General judges should go to the ITE building Lobby for check-in between 8:30 - 9:15. See event map above for location. Coffee and Light breakfast items will be served.

When will judging conclude?

Judges will submit their scores to us by about 12:30 PM. Lunch for judges will be provided, and judges are free to depart once judging concludes, or may attend the awards ceremony.

How will the judging process work?

General judges will be assigned to a judging "circle" of about 6 inventions. Each circle will be judged by 2-3 judges. Judge groups will visit each project in their circle for up to 10 minutes. During this time, the inventor will share a brief overview of their invention, followed by time for judges to ask questions and view the project materials. Judges will have a clipboard with judging sheets. After the judging period, judges will return to the ITE building to submit their information to us.

Can I choose which grades or inventions I judge?

In order to ensure an even distribution of judges across all groups on the day of the event, we cannot guarantee that we can accommodate requests for certain grades or inventions.

Can I bring my children to judge with me?

Although Finals is a family event, we ask that judges do not bring their children with them to judge. The invention floor is very busy and we want to help ensure that judges are free to focus on the inventors during the judging process. However if you have family members who would like to attend our guest presentation and see the projects during the open viewing time, they are welcome to register as guests here.

Can Judges stay for the awards ceremony?

Judges are welcome, but not required, to attend the awards ceremony.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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