United Technologies Corporation Named 2018 NICEE Presenting Sponsor

February 14, 2018

The STEMIE Coalition Names United Technologies Corporation as NICEE 2018 Presenting Sponsor

The STEMIE Coalition’s National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) has named United Technologies Corporation as the presenting sponsor of this year’s competition, to be held at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation May 31-June 3. More than 100,000 K-12 inventors from across the United States will compete to become one of the 400 invitees at NICEE.

Frederick Rentschler, one of UTC’s founders

NICEE, the only national celebration of K-12 inventors and entrepreneurs in the United States, is in its third year. NICEE was founded by The STEMIE Coalition, a nonprofit umbrella organization of youth invention and entrepreneurship programs across the U.S. and globally. United Technologies was one of the founding partners of The STEMIE Coalition and has been a supportive corporate partner of the Connecticut Invention Convention, a STEMIE Affiliate, for more than 20 years.

United Technology, A Company Founded by Inventors

Danny Briere, STEMIE’s CEO, finds a natural fit between United Technologies Corporation and young NICEE inventors. “The tenacity of the student inventors of today,” noted Briere, “matches that of young Frederick Rentschler, one of the innovators whose work helped to build United Technologies. Rentschler refused to take ‘no’ for an answer when others told him to set aside his engineering visions. Instead, he plowed ahead to design and build the innovative aircraft engines he knew were possible, including the engine that took Charles Lindbergh across the Atlantic Ocean.”

“As a company founded by engineers and inventors like Frederick Rentschler, Elisha Otis, and Willis Carrier, it is with a genuine excitement that United Technologies supports The STEMIE Coalition, NICEE, and today’s youngest inventors,” explained Mary Lombardo, Vice President of Global Engineering for UTC Climate, Controls & Security.

NICEE Inventors to Present Among History’s Greats

The 2018 NICEE students will have the honor of presenting their prototypes in the storied halls of The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, alongside some of the greatest inventions of modern history.

The weekend at The Henry Ford, recently named by The New York Times as the #1 Coolest Museum in the World, will be full of events for the students, as well as for the 1,200 family members, guests, and judges.  The competition will be capped off by an awards ceremony emceed by Mo Rocca, star of The Henry Ford’s Emmy Award-winning show on CBS-TV, Innovation Nation.

Invention education as a classroom experience has been growing exponentially in the United States for the past several years.  STEMIE currently has statewide programs in 18 states, Invention Convention programmatic presence in 46 states, and will be active in all 50 states within the next three years.  In early June, The STEMIE Coalition will launch a free, online, K-12 Invention Convention Curriculum.

About United Technologies Corporation

United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. By combining a passion for science with precision engineering, the company is creating smart, sustainable solutions the world needs. For more information about the company, visit our website at http://www.utc.com or follow us on Twitter: @UTC. UTC has supported the Connecticut Invention Convention for more than two decades and, in 2015, was one of two founding partners that created The STEMIE Coalition. http://www.utc.com.

About The STEMIE Coalition

The STEMIE Coalition is a global consortium of invention education stakeholders whose aim is to formalize project-based invention and entrepreneurship education in primary and secondary schools worldwide, with a near-term emphasis on the U.S. and a 2018-onwards vision to globalize across the world. STEMIE currently has statewide programs in 18 states, invention convention presence in 46 states, and will be active in all 50 states within the next three years. http://www.stemie.org


The National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) presented by United Technologies Corporation is the only national celebration of young K-12 inventors and entrepreneurs in the United States. Each year, winners of affiliate and partner competitions across the U.S. are issued invitations to NICEE to showcase their inventions and compete for prizes and recognition. The 2018 event will be held at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan, May 31-June 2, 2018. More than 1600 people are expected to participate. http://www.stemie.org/NICEE



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