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Gates Invention & Innovation Program

2012 Gates Invention Winners Announced

In the grades 5/6 category, Sam Cohen was awarded the $500 first place for his invention called Light Sense. He was also given a provisional patent nod for the product, which is designed to remedy inefficient lighting.
The second place award of $400 went to Oliver Greenwald and Sam Nassif for Drip Drop, a device to keep hands clean from melting ice cream cones. The two were also awarded a patent nod. Lila Arnold earned $300 for third place with her innovative solution to magazine waste, The Erosing Envelope. Honorable mention, a prize of $200, was given to Meriel Upton for her invention, Snap Easy, a way to overcome difficult clothing closures.

Among seventh and eighth graders, Keelan Woodard earned the top prize for his Glisse Cast Slide. His invention would help people with casted arms write more easily.

Erin O’Shaughnessy and Lacey Rifkin were awarded second place and a patent nod for The Super Stopper that prevents misplaced jewelry. Eli Mills' QR Code ID Tag won third place in this division.

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 1927, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.