Gates Invention and Innovation Timeline


1934
Charles C. Gates graduates from Graland Country Day School, equipped with an education that challenged him to be creative, innovative and progressive. He goes on to attend MIT and Stanford, graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering, and enjoys a successful career managing a large corporation in Denver.

1998
Gates presents Graland with a $1 million endowment to implement the Gates Invention and Innovation Program.

1998-99
Graland builds an invention laboratory and finalizes details of the program.

1999
The first students begin their invention journey.

2000
The first competition is held.

2005
Charles C. Gates passes away at his home in Denver at the age of 84.

2009
The Gates Family Foundation endows Cardigan Mountain School to implement a Gates Invention and Innovation Program.

2011
Two Gates inventors are awarded US Patents for their inventions.

2012
One Gates inventor is awarded US Patent for her invention.

2013
Three Gates inventors are awarded US Patents for their inventions.

2014
Four Gates inventors are awarded US Patents for their inventions.

2015
Three Gates inventors are awarded US Patents for their inventions.

2016
The Gates Family recommitted to its endowment with an additional gift that was applied to the new Gates Innovation Lab in the Corkins Center. The family's generosity also allowed Graland to create a new position, the Charles C. Gates Director of Innovative Learning. Three Gates inventors are awarded US Patents for their inventions.

2017
Two Gates inventors are awarded US Patents for their inventions.

2018
Three Gates inventors are awarded US Patents for their inventions.
The Gates Invention and Innovation Program is named for alumnus Charles C. Gates ’34. He believed all children are natural inventors, unafraid to explore new ideas or take old ideas apart. His experience at Graland, during which he was encouraged to think creatively, inspired him to fund the program and competition through a generous endowment. He died in 2005, but his daughter, Diane Gates ’69 Wallach, is still closely involved as a program mentor.

Graland Country Day School

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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.