Gates Invention and Innovation Program
A simple motto starts a year of discovery for inventors in the Gates Invention and Innovation Program: Tinker, create, innovate.
Through the program, motivated students in Grades 5-8 have the opportunity to invent a new product and possibly earn a U.S. patent. Funded from an endowment created by Charles C. Gates ‘34, the program has been a source of pride for Graland for more than a decade. For more about the program’s history, click here
The program culminates in March at the Gates Expo, where students display and demonstrate their unique inventions. By the day's end, 10-15 finalists are chosen to make a separate presentation to the judges, who evaluate inventions for functionality, creativity, marketability and clarity of communication.Read more
about the Gates competition to learn how exploring ideas and taking risks teaches valuable life lessons on a variety of levels.