**Please note that this is still a draft** The contest detail are still being finalized, please be patient with us as we get this year's contest launched.
- Any Central Oregon student (Deschutes, Jefferson, and Crook counties) in grades K-12 may enter. Students may enter as individuals or in groups, but each student can only submit one entry:
- Elementary students (K-5) may enter in groups of up to 3 students. Students submitting a group project must be in the same grade, as each grade level will be judged separately.
- Middle school (grades 6-8) students may enter as individuals or as a team of 2. Students submitting a team project can be in different grades, as middle school is judged as a single category.
- High school (grades 9-12) students may enter as individuals or as a team of 2. Students submitting a team project can be in different grades, as high school is judged as a single category.
- Entries must be submitted through the contest website. Submissions are accepted from Oct. 1, 2021 through Jan. 21, 2022
- Just because entries are submitted online, doesn’t mean you can’t still get your hands dirty! Use whatever medium best conveys your ideas. Examples are drawings, dioramas, models, movies, posters and reports. Video entries should be no more than 3 minutes in length.
- Parents and teachers may be consulted, but don’t let grown-ups do your work or talk you out of your great ideas.
- A panel of scientists and educators will judge entries for creativity, originality, presentation, and how well ideas are developed! Please make sure that entries are original; remember that judges have access to the internet.
- Entries must not defy the laws of nature.
- Prizes will be awarded to the top entrants, but all entrants will receive recognition of their efforts.
- Up to $2,000 in cash will be split among students submitting the best high-school entries. The student submitting the best middle-school entry will choose between a GoPro® camera, Apple watch, mountain bike, 3D printer, or inflatable paddle board.
- 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.
- Winners will be announced no later than January 31, 2022. Winner’s names and schools will be published publicly unless we are given notice via email to firstname.lastname@example.org to keep this information private.
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.
Projects by Kindergarten students
First grade students
Second Grade Students
Third grade students
Fourth grade students
Ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelth grade students
Sixth, seventh, and eight grade students
Entries will be judged on the following:
- How well the idea is developed
- Creativity and originality