Preparing K-8th graders today with the innovative skills they will need tomorrow to succeed in life and work in the 21st century.

Student inventors

Current participants



Inventors solve problems.

CSIC brings experiential, applied STEM invention learning to Kindergarten-8th grade students, encouraging students to develop critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills to positively impact their own lives and communities.

Innovation and problem solving
are skills of the future


of children in school today will work in a career that does not yet exist.

The CSIC Approach

Training in our flexible, experiential free invention curriculum

Ongoing professional development and access to resources for educators

Mentorship with industry professionals for K-8 students

Celebration of student prototypes at escalating events (local, regional, national)


Integrates STEM, computer science, and physical engineering.


Builds confidence, resilience and


Connects to real-world problems
and companies.

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Designed with you in mind

CSIC doesn’t just benefit students – it’s specially built to help educators

Engage Your Classroom

Inspire students with the chance to build meaningful skills that will stay with them all their lives.

Grow Professionally

Enhance your skills for leading students through real-world problem-solving.

Connect to Larger Community

Expand your network and become part of Chicago’s world-class innovation ecosystem.

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