The theme this month is Cheer Us Up and it comes from a suggestion from 14rhb and the idea is to make something completely daft, pointless, humorous, prank related or wacky. Around this time last year we launched the Fighting Germs competition, also based on a suggestion from 14rhb, and the competition fit the mood of the moment and gave engineers an outlet to deal with what was going on around them. While, on the surface of things this appears completely different from that theme, in away it fits the moment every bit as much as that theme did. 2020 was a bleak year. If 2020 felt like a bottomless pit, this year feels like we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel So we're proposing members build projects that make us laugh, are utterly pointless, are weird, irrelevant, or whatever. This could easily include animations and display messages, things with plenty of movement, those including pets are good or nice audio. Some ideas he suggests include lan automatic ball launcher for dogs, automatic greeting message, think mousetrap, Wallace and Gromit inventions, a music generator controlled from nearby vibrations, an animatronic desk buddy, an unusual keyboard design....etc.
To help inspire you with ideas, we're going to look back in order to push forward! After all, being creative and having fun is what this is all about! We hope these project examples put a smile on your face like they did ours:
|The Thinking Cap|
|The Useless Box|
|Automated Tea Dunker|
Your Chance to Win
|Be Original||Stick to the Theme|
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|The Thinking Cap||Automated Tea Dunker|
|One Grand Prize Winner Wins a $200 Shopping Cart!||Three First Place Winners Win a $100 Shopping Cart|
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Your Project, Your Ideas!
Every month you'll have a new poll where you'll get to decide an upcoming project competition, based on your interests, that will take place a couple of months in advance. Themes are broad in scope so that everyone can participate regardless of skill set.
What are Monthly Themes?
What are Monthly Theme Polls?
Step 2: Post in the comments section below to begin a discussion on your idea. Videos, pictures and text are all welcomed forms of submission.
Step 3: Submit a blog post of your progress on your project by the end of the month. You are free to submit as many blog entries as you like until the beginning of the next theme.
Be sure to include video proof of your project!
Visit: Cheer Us Up or tag your project blog CheerUsUpCH
You have until May 14th End of Day to submit your completed project!
A jury consisting of your peers will judge project submissions!