A Happy Holiday for Non-Profit That Helps Kid Inventors

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Donations earned through IdeaTango.com will help group expand educational campaign nationally

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All Charlie Baumgartner, President of the Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC), a non-profit for K-8 kid inventors, wants to do is make sure we pass the innovation gene to America's next generation of thinkers and tinkerers. That's why when IdeaTango.com, a social networking website for inventors, offered to help expand his non-profit's program nationally, Mr. Baumgartner almost thought it was too good to be true. In fact, IdeaTango offered to donate $10 to the foundation for every person that joined IdeaTango's inventor community during December.

Through local, state, and after-school conventions, and an in-classroom educational program, CIC get kids thinking creatively to solve their own unique everyday problems. Now, with the help of IdeaTango's donations, CIC will work toward expanding their programs nationwide.

"Kids are our future, and the more they can innovate, the brighter that future will be," said Charlie Baumgartner. "Thanks to IdeaTango, we can start bringing our great programs to kids all over the country."

Recent studies demonstrate a strong, long-term upward trend for inventing and entrepreneurship. According to a study by the National Association of the Self-Employed (NASE), the rate of entrepreneurship over the next eight years is expected to double what it has been. Young entrepreneurs use to make up only 3.6% of NASE membership. But recently that number jumped to over 12%.

Baumgartner has seen first-hand how CIC's programs make a positive difference in children's lives. It not only can boost creative thinking ability and increase self-esteem for participants, but also raise interest in math and science. This is especially important considering America's students lag other developed countries, and some developing countries, in the areas of math and science.

"Tomorrow's great products and services will be invented by today's kids. We believe Charlie is giving these kids the right balance of creativity and analytical ability to do just that," said IdeaTango.com president and founder Bryan Daigle. "Our company looks forward to helping CIC foster innovation among America's youth."

About CIC
The CIC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, celebrating its 25th year of operations this year, promotes inventive thinking in kid inventors through a classroom curriculum and local and state competitions. After improving the program for the past 25 years, they've just launched a new curriculum at this year's conference of National Association for Gifted Children. It meets US standards for education, and it will be the primary tool the CIC uses to expand the program nationally and internationally. "We've just completed our first International venture into the Republic of Mauritius, an emerging nation in the Indian Ocean" says Baumgartner, adding "and now we can focus here in the USA".

For more information about CIC, visit http://www.ctinventionconvention.org.

About IdeaTango.com
Dallas-based IdeaTango.com is a one-of-a-kind social networking site specifically created to help inventors act on their great ideas. This "ingenuity community" provides inventors interactive, collaborative, and educational tools to help inventors connect with valuable resources, and one another.

More information about IdeaTango.com is available at http://www.ideatango.com.


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