Bend Research Announces 20th Annual Inventerprise Science Contest Challenges Central Oregon Students

September 22, 2011

20th Annual Inventerprise Science Contest Challenges CO Students


BEND, OR – Central Oregon students have a chance to turn their fears into innovations in this year’s Inventerprise science contest.  

The focus of the 20th annual science challenge for students in grades K-12 is on turning your fears into devices or processes that protect people.  Using their imaginations, students may come up with new ways to make things such as tornados, spiders, climate change, or traffic less scary.  

Entries are due November 11 for the contest, which is sponsored by Bend Research Inc., with help from theBend-LaPine School District and Central Oregon Community College.

Prizes will be awarded at all grade levels.  The first-and second-place high-school entries will earn students cash prizes of $1,000 and $500, respectively.  The student submitting the top middle-school entry will choose between an iPodÒ, eBook reader, digital camera, mountain bike, or season ski pass to Mount Bachelor.  Student winners 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.

In addition, teachers in grades K-5 whose classes have greater than 50% participation will be eligible for the Tina McGeary Teacher Incentive Program.  This program will distribute 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 of the work that teachers do for the community.

The Inventerprise contest is open to allCentral Oregonstudents in kindergarten through 12th grade, including home-schooled students.  Last year more than 640 students entered, individually or in groups, and more than 100 of them won awards.  Students may choose the entry format that best conveys their ideas, including models, essays, movies, computer programs, and posters.

This year’s contest asks students to invent a new and original product or process that will protect themselves or others from something scary.  Areas of focus include acts of nature, acts of human folly, diseases, and natural disasters, but they may encompass anything the students can imagine.  As always, inventions must not defy the laws of nature.

Deliveries of entries will be accepted at the Bend Research manufacturing facility (BRIM 3) at 63060 Corporate Place in Bend from 8 a.m. Wednesday, November 9, through 5 p.m. Friday, November 11.  Students may enter as individuals or, in Grades K-8, in groups of up to three people.  Entries will be judged on originality, usefulness, and development of concept.

The Inventerprise Contest began in 1992 as an outgrowth of a business-education partnership between Bend Research and the Bend-LaPineSchool Districtto promote science education and enrich students’ educational experience.  Seven years ago, Central Oregon Community College joined the effort.

For more information regarding the Inventerprise 2011 contest or to request contest rules, please visit the website or call Annie Muske-Dukes-Driggs or Nate Glutting at Bend Research at 541-382‑4100.