Cardigan Mountain School A boarding and day school for boys in grades 6 through 9

Gates Invention & Innovation

Gates Invention & Innovation Competition Winner for Best Presentation standing with his display

The Charles C. Gates Invention & Innovation Competition is an academic and afternoon program offering at Cardigan made possible by the Gates Frontiers Fund.

Gates at Cardigan is designed to encourage creative thinking, risk-taking, and entrepreneurial spirit, and to develop an appreciation for hard work and accomplishment. The Charles C. Gates Invention & Innovation Competition, held annually during Spring Family Weekend, offers students the opportunity to participate in a creative process, identify needs or new business opportunities, and develop practical solutions.

Watch: The Virtue in Being a Creator

Beginning each fall and concluding with Competition Presentations in the spring, each student or student team designs and builds an invention that must perform a practical function, make life easier or safer, entertain, or solve an everyday problem.

Gates at Cardigan is just a natural fit. Boys are tinkerers, boys like to take things apart. Boys are so inquisitive, especially at this age. Our program provides the ability to take things apart, put things together, to learn from that process, to be inventive.

Former Gates Coach Dave Auerbach

2021 Gates Competition

From shock absorbers for tennis rackets to magnetic 3-ring binders, the students tackled a variety of problems and came up with unique solutions at the 13th Annual Charles C. Gates Innovation and Invention Competition.

2019 Gates Competition

Cardigan had 58 student inventors and 33 projects in the 2019 Charles C. Gates Innovation and Invention Competition. 

Gates Expo

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Cardigan's sixth and seventh graders present their projects to the community at the 12th Annual Gates Invention & Innovation Competition Exposition held in 2019.

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