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Gates Invention & Innovation Program

Competition Day

Over 20 Years of Gates Innovation

2022 Dates

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  • Invention Expo

    March 3, 2022

  • Finalist Presentations

    Friday, March 4, 2022

  • Awards Ceremony

    Friday, March 4, 2022

Competition Day

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

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  • 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.

2022 Competition Results

Grades 5/6
1st: Jacob B. - Fingerprint Locker
2nd: Jasiya W. -  The Sweep-Skate
3rd: Desi B. and Pano B.  -  The Safe Tip

5/6 Finalist:
Roby K. & Rory N.  -  Eye of the Fly
Iris P. & Jillian Z.  -  Happy Feeder
Laine F. & Brynn A.   -  The Brush Rush
Grades 7/8
1st: Koops L. & Josh W. -  Wheelable
2nd: Aiden F. and William R.  -  Scoop and Salt
3rd: Luke Z. - Gates Innovation Ordering on Amazon

7/8 Finalist:
Gina G. & Emma H. -  3 in 1 Marker
Mark P. & William W. -  Confess Your Stress
Olivia S. -  Hundo Laundo

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 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.