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Welcome to the Inventerprise Contest Website: Stay tuned for more information about the 2021-2022 contest!

NEW for 2020/2021!  This year's contest was held virtually in January 2021.  Thank you to all who braved this new system and congratulations to This Year's Winners! Unfortunately we can't have you here for Science Night this year, so we're bringing virtual Science Night to you instead. We hope you all participate in Inventerprise again next year.  


Here's this year's problem to be solved: 

“What a mess! Messes can be small like sticky fingers or huge such as plastic pollution in the ocean. Are you tired of seeing all these messes, tired of cleaning them up, or just wish they never happened in the first place? Invent something to handle the problem. ”

The contest flyer is available for download and distribution here:  Inventerprise 2020.pdf

Or find all the details right here on the website including in the "Fair --> Fair Information" tab.

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Questions about the contest? Contact Nate Glutting or Amanda Pluntze by email or phone (541-382-4100).


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 and in 2019, the Riverhouse on the Deschutes began partnering with us. 

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.

Prizes and Incentives

Prizes will be awarded at all grade levels. The students submitting the top high-school entries will receive a portion of the $2,000 cash prize. The student submitting the top middle-school entry will choose from among a GoPro® camera, Apple watch, mountain bike, 3D printer, or inflatable paddle board.. Student winners in grades K-8 will receive specially designed T-shirts.  Unfortunately, this year we do not expect to be able to offer invitations to our usual special Science Night presentation at Lonza.

Teachers in grades K-5 whose classes have greater than 50% participation are eligible for the Tina McGeary Teacher Incentive. This program distributes gift certificates among area teachers for classroom supplies or books. The program is named in memory of Tina McGeary, an Inventerprise contest founder and an unflagging advocate for teachers and the work they do for the community.

  • A pool of $2000 has been created that will be divided among all K-5 teachers whose classes have more than 50% class participation. Qualifying teachers will receive at minimum a $25 gift certificate to their favorite local office supply or bookstore!
  • If you meet the above criteria, please provide the following information in an email to Halley Croghan prior to February 15, 2021: Teacher name, school name, grade level, and preference of office supply or bookstore gift certificate.

About Bend Research, now a part of Lonza Pharma Biotech

Bend Research, a leader in creating value by advancing medicines that improve human health, is now a part of Lonza Pharma & Biotech.

At Lonza Pharma & Biotech we provide contract development and manufacturing services that enable pharma and biotech companies to bring medicines to patients in need. From the building blocks of life to the final drug product, our solutions are created to simplify your outsourcing experience and provide a reliable outcome, at the time when you expect it. Our extensive track record includes commercialization of pioneering therapies and manufacturing of a wide variety of biological and chemical drugs. We continuously invest to solve not just the current, but also the future challenges. Together, we can bring your next medicine to life.




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