MILLENNIUM GATEWAY FESTIVAL SCHOOLS' INVENTORS COMPETITION
A newspaper in 1999 described Dartford as "one town that has changed the world", referring to the fact that its people had played a key role in major technological innovations in the past such as :
As part of the Millennium Gateway Festival's celebrations of that heritage pupils in Dartford's schools were invited to join that list of illustrious inventors by participating in an inventions competition. The competition was launched in July 1999 by Trevor Bayliss, the TV personality and inventor of the clockwork radio and many other technological ideas.
Students in Key Stages 2, 3, and 4 were required to submit entries on the theme of "The Home" and had to include a design folio and a manufactured artefact produced from resistant materials, textiles, control systems or a combination of these.
The inventions were judged according to their quality, practicability, originality and marketing potential by a panel of local businessmen chaired by Dr Ray Peacock, himself the inventor of "Teletext". National Power (now Innogy) at Littlebrook sponsored the prizes which were won by the following students :
Key stage 2
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4
All the prizewinning entries were displayed in Dartford Museum for the duration of the Millennium Gateway Festival's "Inventive Minds" exhibition during the Autumn 2000.