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September 09th 2013:Developing Creative Thinkers (Part 2) - Education for An Innovative Future

For the last 30 years, The Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC) has been helping to develop more than 300,000 children inventors. The program helps students strengthen their creative problem-solving techniques by providing innovating and entrepreneurial activities that lead to greater consideration of STEM careers in high school and college. About 54% of student inventors are girls and 25% are minority students from under-served schools. Danny Briere, a CIC board member, and Helen Charov, Executive Director, will share insights on the success drivers of their program. I will also speak

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Hannah Pucci

Creator and Inventor, CEO (Chief “Egghead” Officer) Egghead Ice Cream Hannah Pucci is an eighth grade honor-roll student in the STEM program at Rogers Park Middle School in Danbury, Connecticut. At the age of 11 she created an award-winning, patent-pending invention as part of a school project for the 2012 Connecticut Invention Convention. She has received recognition from Whole Foods, Baskin Robbins Corporation, The Connecticut Women of Innovation Awards. Currently Hannah is working with the Connecticut Small Business Development Center to bring her invention to market. In addition to entrepreneurship, Hannah loves to sing, dance and act and is a member of the Rogers Park Musica
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Helen Charov

Helen Charov is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Invention Convention, whose mission is to foster inventing, innovating and entrepreneurship in elementary and middle school-aged children. With over 10,000 children annually involved in the program in more than half the school districts in Connecticut, the CIC is the longest continuously operating program of its kind in the nation. Helen Charov comes to the CIC from a background in high tech startups, having founded and managed her own and other high tech firms. As an entrepreneur, Helen was "hooked on" the CIC program when she first experienced the energy and enthusiasm of young inventors and entrepreneurs at the 1999 CIC finals
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Danny Briere

Danny Briere is a board member of Connecticut Invention Convention. He is a serial entrepreneur having started his own firms as well as been involved in advising some 200+ firms in the telecommunications and Internet space in the past two decades. His focus is on leading edge technologies and trends, with a special interest in alternative energy, social networking, social enterprise, education, and kids.He has been involved in helping drive entrepreneurship across universities, towns, regions, and states, and continue to foster relationships to help build ecosystems to drive development and mutual growth.
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