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Gates Invention & Innovation Program

Graland Student's Invention Makes It Easier to Work on the Move

As the CEO of his own small business called Travire LLC, Graland student Nick B. designed an aluminum lap desk that absorbs shock.
The innovative TravTable™ makes it easier to work in cars, buses and trains because its unique spring system absorbs the shock from the bumps in the road.

He’s not only created his own product, he’s created his own vocabulary to go with it. “We are spending incredible amounts of time in the car or commuting that could be spent ‘traviring’ (a word Nick coined meaning “working on the move”).” Nick hopes his lap desk will help kids get homework done on their way to sports practice or after school activities, and help adults work easier on buses or subways.

Nick’s idea was nurtured through his experience with the Charles C. Gates Invention and Innovation Competition at Graland, an annual, year-long program in which 5th-8th graders identify a problem and invent a product to solve it. After winning third place for his invention, Nick decided to move forward with his prototype. Nine months later, Nick is off and running…without any bumps in the road! You can find out more about his innovative product at www.travire.com.  Click here to learn more about this year's Gates Invention Competition.
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Graland Country Day School

Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.