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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




Using the MeArm robotic arm to test battery life in the Dirty Smart Button by aspork42:


Irrigation Sprinkler Control Using the MeArm robotic arm to test battery life in the Dirty Smart Button

"Dirty Smart Button, interesting use for a robot arm." - Community Member Judge

"Another great example of using a general-purpose robot arm to do a dedicated task that would be boring for humans." - Community Member Judge





Hexa - Spider with App by sfrebelo:


Hexa - Spider with App





SuperRobot by dubbie:




"Nice upgrade of existing electrical toys. The breadboard-on-a-train-carriage is inspired. I'm surprised Adafruit, Arduino etc have not thought of that yet. It would make a nice development platform for some firm to design and sell - a hackable train kit with sensors, a small Arduino with BTLE or WiFi and the mobile breadboard of course." - Community Member Judge



"Clever and funny with good detail on the project including overcoming issues" - Community Member Judge




The Drawing Machine Part 1. The micro:cycloid by balearicdynamics:


The Drawing Machine

"A very unique project, well executed and documented. Very nice video" - Community Member Judge

"Very fun project, with some great results." - Community Member Judge



"Microcycloid, original idea followed up with good description and build instruction." - Community Member Judge

"It was fun, different - perhaps not quite a robot and more a machine, but I loved the simplicity of design with the complexity of the output. Nice work." - Community Member Judge


Mini Quadcopter  by carmelito:


Mini Quadcopter

"Great build with nice end results! The set of skills and knowledge required for this project was impressive" - Community Member Judge

"Very nice construction and tuning of a quadcopter. Great demonstration/ flying." - Community Member Judge



"Who doesn't like a dog getting in the video? Seriously though, this project included some extra points for the 3D printed parts including Element14 ! The design and software were very interesting and something I hope to read through again." - Community Member Judge

"He makes it look easy, but it takes a lot of skill and experience to pull this off. Excellent project and video." - Community Member Judge


Captain S.L.O.W. (Rhex inspired) by milosrasic98:


milosrasic98 built a robot inpired by RHex, a Boston Dynamics, a six legged autonomous robot with remarkable mobility in rough terrain.  Each of RHex's 6 legs is shaped like half a ring. It moves its legs in sets of 3, meaning it always has 3 legs in contact with the ground to keep it stable. The RHex can do some really amazing things like jump, climb stairs and so on because of the incredibly powerful motors it uses. Since it only has 6 legs compared to the number of actuators the Velox used, milosrasic98  thought he'd give a go at making his own robot that has this kind of propulsion. For the brain of the project he decided to go with the Arduino Mega 2560, the reason for this is the sheer number of IO pins it has as well as 6 external interrupts, which he plans to utilize if everything works out hopefully. As for the motors, he had pretty much 2 choices in order to make this project doable in a short amount of time, and those were continuous servos and stepper motors. He looked around and managed to find pretty cheap mini continuous servos, so he went with those. All that was needed now were the legs and a chassis to hold everything together. For the chassis he decided to go for the standard plywood used in shop class, since it's really light, strong enough for what he needed and really easy to work with. The easiest thing to do would be to glue the motors down to plywood but he didn't like the idea. Instead he found some old aluminium L profiles which he plan on making into the brackets for the motors, which should also give a little bit more of structural rigidity to the robot. All that's left now or the legs.


Before he started cutting and filing, he had to make a decision on the design. There were 2 ways he considered for mounting the motors. The first one was all 3 motors on side to be in line with each other, meaning that from front to back, the robot would have to be at least 4 diameters of pipe, to make sure that the legs could never bump into each other. The other solution was to copy how it was done on RHex and other similar robots, by taking the second and fifth leg (middle one on each side) and pushing them more to the side. This way from front to back, the robot would only need to be 2 diameters and the length of a servo roughly, which is much better than the 4 diameters of the first option. And with that all of the motor brackets are complete. They turned out exactly as he planned out, which is always an awesome feeling. Of course, it's not perfect perfect, and some motors might be rotated a bit, or one is a millimeter or 2 higher than the the other mounted motors, but he can adjust for all of that by adding washers to the legs, but honestly, he thinks there won't be any need for that. All that's left is to connect all of this together. To connect all of this together he went with standard 3mm thick plywood.



Captain S.L.O.W. (Rhex inspired)

"Captain slow.  An interesting concept. It sort of lollops around, and I'd like to see more if development continues." - Community Member Judge 



"An interesting robot, very clever way of making the robot legs/wheels!" - Community Member Judge