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

Cardigan’s Young Inventors Prepare for Competition

Preparing for the Gates Competition

If you’re joining us for the upcoming Family Weekend, you’ll see the result of months of creative thinking, tinkering, and problem solving on the part of Cardigan students. The 12th annual Charles C. Gates Invention & Innovation Competition takes place May 3–4, 2019, and all are welcome to attend and witness how our boys have identified practical solutions to real problems, or how they have developed new business opportunities.

Gates Coach David Auerbach H’14, P’11 has been working closely with our students since the fall to help them design and build an invention that must perform a practical function, make life easier or safer, entertain, or solve an everyday problem. “Gates really is a perfect fit for boys at this age,” says Mr. Auerbach. “They’re so inquisitive. They like to take things apart, put things together. Our program lets them learn from that process.”

Preparing for the Gates Competition

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Each of the 33 entries will be judged on their functionality, creativity, marketability, and presentation. This year, our four judges include: Matthew Brightman ’06, Dan DeMars P’11,’18, Ryan Carney ’01, and Tom Schmottlach. Join us for Family Weekend and see what our young inventors have created!

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