Important Dates & Times

Monday October 05, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Tuesday January 26, 2021 at 9:00 PM
Thursday January 28, 2021 at 3:00 PM
Friday January 29, 2021 at 9:00 PM
Thursday January 28, 2021 at 3:00 PM
  1. Any Central Oregon student in Grades K-12 may enter.  Students may enter as individuals or in groups of up to three students but each student can only submit one entry.
  2. Use any format for your contest entry.  Examples are drawings, dioramas, models, movies, posters and reports.  Use whatever medium best conveys your ideas. Video entries should be no more than 3 minutes in length.
  3. Project collection and judging will be done virtually this year. Projects will be accepted for judging until January 26, 2021.  
  4. Parents and teachers may be consulted, but don’t let grown-ups do your work or talk you out of your great ideas.
  5. A panel of scientists and educators will judge entries for creativity, originality, coolness, and how well ideas are developed!  Please make sure that entries are original; remember that judges have access to the internet.
  6. Entries must not defy the laws of nature.
  7. Fabulous prizes (specially designed T-shirts) will be awarded to the top entrants but all entrants will receive recognition of their efforts. 
  8. Up to $2,000 in cash will be split among students submitting the best high-school entries (see our website for information on how the cash will be divided).  The student submitting the best middle-school entry will choose between a GoPro® camera, Apple watch, mountain bike, 3D printer, or inflatable paddle board.
  9. Teachers in Grades K-5 will share $2,000 in gift certificates for classroom supplies or books if more than half the students in their class participate in the contest (see website for details.)
  10. Winners will be announced no later than February 5, 2021.  Winner’s names and schools will be published publicly unless we are given notice via email to to keep this information private.

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.

Inventerprise 2020/2021 is the 29th in the series of contests. 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 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 standup paddleboard. Student winners in grades K-8 will receive specially designed T-shirts.

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. Details can be found on the Teacher Incentives Program page.


What to Expect During the Fair

The Inventerprise contest is judged by a team of scientists and eduators.  Students are not present for judging. 



1st Grade
First grade students
2nd Grade
Second Grade Students
3rd Grade
Third grade students
4th Grade
Fourth grade students
5th Grade
Fifth grade
High School
Ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelth grade students
Projects by Kindergarten students
Middle School
Sixth, seventh, and eight grade students

Judge Criteria

Entries will be judged on creativity, originality, coolness, and how well ideas are developed.



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