Welcome to the Inventerprise 2021

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Join the 2021-2022 Inventerprise crew for another journey into the depths of your imagination! This year’s mission will be focused on sports.

Sports have been part of human culture since the earliest civilizations and continue to evolve. Reinvent your favorite sport: make it better, more accessible, more exciting, or even change it into something new.

Here are some ideas to help you get started, but don’t let them limit your creativity!


Equipment                        How will you improve the equipment needed for your favorite sport?

Garments                     Increase the functionality and comfort of your team’s uniforms, protective gear, shoes, or accessories

Storage/Transport          Equipment can be heavy, bulky, and oddly shaped making storage and transport of everything difficult. What’s your invention that will improve this?  

Venues                               Stadiums, fields, gyms, and courts. Can they be better?

Environment                    Sports are a great way to get out and play, but can be destructive. How can you make environmentally friendly changes?

Safety                                What can you do to ensure the safety of everyone without compromising the playability?

Accessibility                 Many sports are unfortunately limiting in who can participate based on physical limitations. Invent ways to be more inclusive.

Fans                                   The fans are key part of any sporting competition. Let’s not forget about their experience!

Adaptation                   Cricket on a rocky hillside? Rowing in the desert? Innovate ways to adapt sports so that everyone can get introduced to them!

Education                          It’s always fun to watch a new sport, but can be confusing. Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a simple way to quickly understand the rules?

New Sport                         Perhaps your invention will be the next big craze...


Please subscribe to our email list if you want us to send you contest notification emails in the future. 

Questions about the contest? Contact Amanda Pluntze (amanda.pluntze@lonza.com) by email or phone (541-382-4100).

If you'd prefer a hard copy of the contest topics and rules, you can download this year's contest flyer.


About Inventerprise

The Inventerprise Contest began in 1992 as an outgrowth of a business-education partnership between Bend Research Inc. and the Bend-La Pine School District to promote science education and enrich students' educational experience. In 2003, Central Oregon Community College joined the effort of preparing this contest. 

Each year, the contest poses a question to spark the imaginations of would-be scientists, challenging them to pursue inventive solutions to pressing problems. The contest is sponsored by Bend Research Inc., as part of Lonza Pharma Biotech, with assistance from the Bend-La Pine School District and Central Oregon Community College.
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