Important Dates & Times

Sunday September 01, 2019 at 12:00 PM
Tuesday November 12, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Monday November 11, 2019 at 3:00 PM
Tuesday November 12, 2019 at 9:00 PM
Wednesday November 13, 2019 at 5:00 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. Projects will be accepted for judging November 11 and 12, 2019 from 3-8 p.m.  Please bring your entries to the Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center ‘Exhibit Hall’ at 3075 N. Business 97, Bend, OR 97703. To save time at check-in, we recommend pre-registering your entry at
  4. Make sure your name, grade, school and teacher is on each piece of your entry along with the number generated at pre-registration.
  5. Projects will be available for pick-up Thursday, Nov. 14 after 3pm and Friday, Nov. 15 until 6pm.  All projects not picked up during this window will be discarded.
  6. For high school only, you may choose to pre-register at  and submit your entry via  email to Include your name and registration number in the body of the email. Your entry must either be sent as a PDF or hyperlink (e.g. YouTube video) and you may only submit your entry one way (i.e. drop off or email). 
  7. Parents and teachers may be consulted, but don’t let grown-ups do your work or talk you out of your great ideas.
  8. 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.
  9. Entries must not defy the laws of nature.
  10. Fabulous prizes (specially designed T-shirts) will be awarded to the top entrants but all entrants will receive recognition of their efforts.  Winners from Grades K-8 will also be invited to a special Science Night presentation at Lonza in their honor.
  11. 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, tablet computer, or inflatable paddle board.
  12. 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.)
  13. Winners will be announced no later than December 1, 2019.  Winner’s names will be published publicly unless we are given notice  with the entry 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 2019 is the 28th 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, tablet computer, or standup paddleboard. Student winners in grades K-8 will receive specially designed T-shirts and be invited to a 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. 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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