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The Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC) is a prestigious, two-stage competition where community college teams use science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to innovate solutions to real-world problems, compete for cash awards, and earn full travel support (students and faculty) to attend an Innovation Boot Camp in Washington, D.C.
February 14, 2018: Submissions due by 11:59 EST.
February-March: Judging; Early April: Finalists notified and announced.
April-June: 10 finalist teams prepare for Innovation Boot Camp. June 11-14: Innovation Boot Camp in Alexandria, Va.
June 14: First and Second Place winning teams announced on site!
What the Challenge Does
- Strengthens and develops STEM thinking by applying it to solving real-world problems.
- Creates deeper engagement and interactions between students and faculty mentors, and with the industry community, in a focused activity.
- Expands horizons for faculty mentors and students.
- Promotes the larger ecosystem that carries invention from idea to beneficial innovation.
- Establishes productive relationships with NSF, AACC and industry.
The CCIC encompasses two distinct, but interrelated, stages.