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 2016 is the 25th 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., with assistance from the Bend-La Pine School District and Central Oregon Community College.

Prizes are awarded at all grade levels. Up to $1800 will be split among the top high school entries (Last year first place received $1000, second place got $500,and 6 students got $50 apiece for honorable mention). The student submitting the top middle-school entry gets to choose between an Apple Watch, tablet computer, GoPro camera, mountain bike or season ski pass to Mount Bachelor. Students in each grade from kindergarten through eighth grade will receive specially designed T-shirts and be invited to a special Science Night presentation at Bend Research.

Inventerprise 2016 challenged students to make their schools even better by inventing new building designs, classrooms, furnishings, athletic fields, or technologies that will improve their education experience. Entries were due in early November 2016. Winners will be announced by Dec 1.

Teachers in grades K-5 whose classes have greater than 50% participation are eligible for the Tina McGeary Teacher Incentive. This program distributes at least $2,000 in 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.






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