Frequently Asked Questions:

Can we have four or more in our group?

How do I get to Bend Research?

Can I be present at the judging?

Who else has won this contest?

Can I buy an Inventerprise T-Shirt?

Do I get my entry back after the contest?

Can I get school credit for this?

I am home schooled. Can I enter, too?

Do I have to have my name attached to every part of the presentation?

When must my project be received at Bend Research?

Can I just email my entry?

Can I enter more than once?

How will the high school winners' money be split?

What is with the "Star Trek" theme?

Who draws those wonderful cartoons?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Can we have 4 or more in our group?

Sure, but the group will not be eligible for a fabulous prize.  Interestingly enough, this is an excerpt from the Nobel Prize web site:

"In the beginning, more than three prize winners could share a Nobel Prize, although this was never practiced. Paragraph four of the Statutes of the Nobel Foundation was amended in 1968, restricting the number of prizewinners to only three."

Who are we to argue?

 

How do I get to Bend Research?

See the MAP with directions.

 

Can I be present at the judging?

No, so be sure that the text that accompanies your entry clearly relates your ideas.

 

Who else has won this contest?

See the Past Contests & Winners

 

Can I buy an Inventerprise T-shirt?

No, they are worn exclusively by contest winners!

 

Do I get my entry back after the contest?

Yes, if you have labeled each part of the project with an entry form and have checked the box on that form indicating that you would like to have your entry returned.  Your project will be returned to the school listed on the entry form shortly after the contest is over. 

 

Can I get school credit for this?

School credit is up to your teacher.  In past years, students have asked their teachers if they would be willing to award some sort of class credit for this project. Many have said yes! If you are an  instructor and would like to provide suggestions about the Inventerprise contest so that next year's problem better meets the requirements of your course, please contact the program director Dory Koehler-King There is a teacher incentive program available to increase participation in grades K-5.  For more information about this program or to sign up click on the  Tina McGeary Teacher Incentive.

 

I am home schooled.  Can I enter, too?

Yes. Just state clearly that you are home schooled, and include a phone number so that arrangements can be made for the return of your entry after the contest.

     

Do I have to have my name attached to every part of the presentation?

Yes. Each year, hundreds of projects are submitted for judging. If your project has multiple parts, marking each part of your entry with your names will help us keep it all together, better understand the idea, and get it all back to you. Print out a copy of the entry form, fill it out and attach it to the main part of your entry. Print the name of each group member, your grade, your teacher's name, and your school so that we can read them.  We want to spell your name correctly in the press release when you win!  Place your name(s) on all other pieces of the project. 

 

When must my project be received at Bend Research?

Please see this year's schedule. See the (Printable) MAP for directions to the drop off site at Bend Research Manufacturing 3.

 

Can I just email my entry?

Yes! But you must follow these guidelines:

1 It must be a PDF file or a hyperlink (e.g. YouTube video). That way, we'll be sure to have the software to open it, and we can't inadvertently change it.

2. It must be emailed to inventerprise@bendresearch.com during the same entry drop-off period lined out in the contest schedule.

3. The email must contain your name, grade, school, and t-shirt size in case you are a winner.

 

Can I enter more than once?

No! Submit your best ideas in one entry, please.

 

How will the high school winners' money be split?

It is up to the judges and it depends on the quality of the entries. They might give first place $1000, second place $400 and give $100 each to as many as four others. Or, the judges might give their three favorites $500 apiece.

 

What is with the "Star Trek" theme?

Glad you asked! Science is filled with people who started out as kids watching Star Trek on TV. The show is based on an intrepid crew of explorers and inventors whose mission is "to boldly go where no one has gone before," an idea that today's scientists and adventurers must embrace to keep pace with the world's increasingly complex challenges.

When this contest was started in 1992, the developers agreed with that sentiment and were impressed with the staying power of the Star Trek theme.  The name of the contest, "Inventerprise" takes its name from the name of the spaceship "Enterprise" and incorporates the word "invent" as well. The motto, "Ideas:  The Final Frontier" is inspired by the show's motto, "Space: The Final Frontier." One of the missions of the starship's crew was to promote peace and equality in the universe. We decided to make a small start toward this goal in our own neighborhood by opening the contest to all K-12 students in Central Oregon.

 

Who draws those wonderful cartoons?

1 Picture = 1 kilo-word, so we employ Jake LaChapelle, a crack cartoonist, who poses as a mild-mannered architect by day, to write and produce a new cartoon each year based on the contest idea. It is one of our most recognizable icons. So far, no one on the committee has been able to come up with a better, more noble theme that does as much. If you have suggestions for a new theme, please contact the program director Dory Koehler-King.

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