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Arduino is celebrated its 15th Birthday on March 21st, 2020!  We'll be up to sending 25 Nano Boards (5 different Flavors) for project proposals that use them!Project14 is celebrating its 3rd Birthday with a NanoRama Celebration that began the day before Arduino Day!  Help us celebrate by submitting an Arduino Project as a Birthday Present!Winners Announcement will be on Geek Pride Day on May 25th 2020.  It also happens to be the anniversary of the release of the first Star Wars movie.  A New Hope was released on May 25th, 1977!


Project14 | The Birthday Special: A NanoRama Open Arduino Competition!


Submit a Blog in NanoRama or tag your post NanoRamaCH for a Chance to Win!


This special event celebrates the 3rd birthday of Project14 and the 15th birthday of Arduino with an Open Ended Arduino project competition that kicks off the day before Arduino Day on March 21st, 2020.   The NanoRama project competition is a follow up to  Arduino Day 2020: NanoRama: We're Giving Away Different Nano Boards for Projects that Use Them!   We also launched an Arduino Fundamentals: Part I: Quiz where you can test your knowledge (or argue over) your knowledge of Arduino.    We will also have a round ups of the last two Arduino project competitions to celebrate Arduino Day in what has turned into an annual tradition.


Arduino Day 2020 Round Ups:



We're also aware that this is difficult time around the world, the Covid-19 Virus has upended life as we know it.


Your project can also include a Fighting Germs project as suggested in Project14 | Fighting Germs: Win a Thermal Imaging Camera, a Germicidal Lamp, and a Shopping Cart with Matching Charity Donation!


Simply tag your post FightingGermsCH and NanoRamaCH if your Fighting Germs project uses an Arduino.


The Grand Prize


Every Nano BoardPlus a $400 Shopping Cart
Your Chance to Win a Nano Classic, Nano Every, Nano 33 IoT, Nano BLE, and Nano BLE Sense! Plus a $400 Shopping Cart to Do Cool Stuff with Your Boards!


First Place & Finisher Prizes


Three First Place Winners Receive a $200 Shopping Cart to Any of Our Stores!
Finisher Prizes

3 First Place Winners Receive a Nano BLE Sense plus a $200 Shopping Cart!

We have up to 20 Nano (Classic Boards) to Giveaway for Amazing Projects!


The Projects:


Arduino IoT Cloud Controlled MKR Robot Arm by jomoenginer:


Arduino IoT Cloud Controlled MKR Robot Arm

"Very nice multi-dimensional project. Well done!" - Community Member Judge


"A clear example of how the Arduino IOT cloud can be used. Good explainations of the limitations of the board and platform." - Community Member Judge



Arduino IoT in the Cloud - Door Alarm  by rsc:


Arduino IoT in the Cloud - Door Alarm


"Its a nicely done project, and it'd be useful to be able to check the garage or shed is shut, when you have that nagging thought in the back of your mind and you've gone out, or gone to bed." - Community Member Judge


Temperature measurement with Arduino MKR WIFI 1010 and Cloud by kk99:



Temperature measurement with Arduino MKR WIFI 1010 and Cloud





Manage Arduino MKR WIFI 1010 Battery Life in the Cloud by jancumps:



Manage Arduino MKR WIFI 1010 Battery Life in the Cloud

"Nice, deep dive into IoT and maximizing battery life.  Lots of good info here." - Community Member Judge

"A nice set of detailed blogs the component parts of which could be utilised for other systems." - Community Member Judge

"This was a practical project that could be adapted for many uses. It was accompanied with a clear demonstration video describing the set up and functioning of the Amazon Web Services system. I also liked how the DM6500 roadtest item sneaked in an appearance." - Community Member Judge



"Very useful and elaborate project with attention to detail and good documentation." - Community Member Judge

"Battery Life, great description, HW, SW, video and lots of useful pictures." - Community Member Judge

"It makes you think more about battery life and power consumption as a whole." - Community Member Judge

"Battery monitoring is an important concern for IOT devices and this project shows you how to do that in a clear and structured way. I particularly like how Jan explained some of the common pitfalls such as how to reflash a device that spends most of it's time asleep." - Community Member Judge



IOT Reflow Oven with Arduino MKR WiFi 1010  by fmilburn


Soldering Surface Mount Devices (SMD) by hand is doable with large parts but the results are sometimes of lower quality and small parts are difficult.  An easy next step is to modify a toaster oven for use as a reflow oven.  This project describes how to get started with a basic setup and also adds the ability to monitor actual temperature on and compare it to the desired reflow profile in real time. There are a number of boards and projects that describe how to control the temperature profile with a microcontroller but fmilburn  elected to start with manual control.  His toaster oven was the cheapest one he could find at less than $30 and easily meets reflow temperature requirements for lead-free solder.  Although some recommend convection heating his toaster oven does not have it.  The procedures and methods described below are an improvement over the hand soldering he used previously where actual temperature and time were not controlled.  They are presented here as a way to do prototyping and one off non-critical projects but are a long ways from production level equipment and processes.


The oven is an inexpensive Black and Decker model placed in the garage as his lab space is limited.  The garage also provides good ventilation.  Two thermocouples are used in the setup - on for direct observation of temperature on the Extech multimeter at left and another attached to the MKR WiFi1010 reflow board which transmits to as described below.  While some drill a hole in the side or top of the oven to insert thermocouples, I just snaked them through the bottom of the door near the hinge with no modification.  The K-type tips were attached to a spare PCB for easy placement and more direct reading of PCB temperature.  Reflow  of the solder is observed through the window on the oven door.


IoT Reflow Oven with Arduino MKR WiFi 1010

"Great project based on the MKR series and the IoT.  Nice approach to building a tool/equipment." - Community Member Judge


"Great working design concept that works based on a simple idea!.. and also may be useful for many members of the community."  - Community Member Judge

"I've always aspired to make one of these and now I have Frank's knowledgable blog to guide me." - Community Member Judge

"This project showed what can be done using a free API and simple data logging. It shows that a manual process can be enhanced by IOT to give better results and can be used as a building block for further automation." - Community Member Judge



Product NameManufacturer
Arduino MKR WiFi 1010 Arduino1Buy NowBuy Now
Arduino MKR Therm ShieldArduino1Buy NowBuy Now
Arduino MKR RGB ShieldArduino1Buy NowBuy Now


Product Name
Inexpensive toaster oven
Thermocouple Amplifier and K-type Thermocouple account





Smart Switch Using Arduino and Alexa by ruchir1674:

Smart Switch Using Arduino and Alexa


The Drawing Machine Part 2. The Arducycloid by balearicdynamics :


The Drawing Machine Part 2.



THING FINDER by aabhas:





"The extended solution to having someone call your mobile when you have lost it. I particularly liked that multiple solutions were developed into the one package, so there were still options for its use, if connection to the internet was lost."- Community Member Judge