The CCIC is a prestigious competition where community college student teams, working with a faculty or administrator team mentor, use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to innovate solutions to real-world problems; earn travel support to attend an Innovation Boot Camp in Washington, DC; and compete for cash awards.
The Boot Camp provides hands-on learning opportunities and coaching designed to build strategic communication and entrepreneurial skills—and includes a student poster session on Capitol Hill, and a formal pitch presentation at the Boot Camp in front of a panel of industry professionals, to determine the first and second place winning teams.
Diverse and interdisciplinary teams that include students in STEM, business, humanities, and other fields are encouraged to apply.
In 2017 DelMar College's team WON the Challenge with the team of John Ramirez, Danial Nasr Azadani and Reavelyn Pray and their project "Slowing Antibiotic Resistance with EnteroSword."
DEADLINE: Submissions are due by March 31, 2020.
What can educators do? JOIN: Assemble a student team and become a faculty or administrator mentor. SHARE: Help spread the word and join the conversation online! Share this click-to-tweet. APPLY: Encourage students to learn more or apply at www.aaccinnovationchallenge.com.