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Gates Invention & Innovation Program

Competition Day

Over 20 Years of Gates Innovation

2023 Dates

List of 3 items.

  • Invention Expo

    Thursday, March 9, 2023

  • Finalist Presentations

    Friday, March 10, 2023

  • Awards Ceremony

    Friday, March 10, 2023

Competition Day

At the expo, students are prepared to display and discuss their hard work from start to finish.

List of 3 items.

  • Judging Process

    1. At the expo, judges speak with each inventor to evaluate the entries before selecting 10-15 finalists.
    2. The following day, finalists make individual presentations to the panel of judges using additional support material such as slide presentations to describe their invention and process in more detail.
    3. Judges sequester to determine the contest winners.
    Cash awards up to $500 are given in both the Grades 5/6 and Grades 7/8 categories.
  • Criteria

    All entries are judged on four criteria:
    • Functionality
    • Creativity
    • Marketability
    • Clarity of Communication
  • Patent Support

    In exceptional cases, judges may award a "patent nod" to a particular invention. Those projects receive additional funding for more in-depth research, design and guidance through the patent process.

2023 Competition Finalists

5th/6th Division
Plantish - Ella B. and Claire I. (1st Place)
Bio-De-Puck - Cat and Caroline M. (2nd Place)
The Free Fall - Dennis C. (3rd Place)
The N.P. Ankle Boot - Jackson T. and Luis D.
Puke Pouch - Lexi F. and Charlie F.
Safe-To Pan - Laine F. and Olivia M.
Telescoping Lacrosse Stick - Archer P.
Plus Stand - Hazel P and Korina V.

7th/8th Division
Noti-Light - Jessie H. and Sam M. (1st Place and Patent Nod)
Scoop and Salt 2.0 - Aiden F. and Will R. (2nd Place)
Screen Saver - Kaden S. (3rd Place)
Easy Seat - Bodie J.
Pulpinator - Henry C.
Smart Time - Bea W. and Sophia G.

Competition Day Judges

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.