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    The Holiday Special

    Enter Your Project for a chance to win $100 Shopping Carts, Gifts to Give, and a 3D Printer Prize!

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    Last month, the community members voted on portable electronics project kit a theme idea from shabaz.  Because its the holidays, it's we're going to take an intermission from our normal programming to bring you Project14: The Holiday Special.


    One Grand Prize Winner Receives a 3D Printer Plus a Gift to Give of a STEAM Kit!


    Three First Place Winners Receive a $100 Shopping Cart Plus a Gift to Give of a $100 Shopping Cart!


    Comment below to let us a know why you want a 3D Printer and how you would put the STEAM Kit (approx. $600 value intended for Grades 3-8):

    • Simply saying personal use is fine for the 3D Printer,  this prize is intended as a reward for the best Holiday Project and to get people to post cool stuff!
    • It's preferred that you donate the STEAM Kit to a school, program, or institution of your choice where it can bring the love of STEAM Learning to children!
    • If you have a good use for the 3D Printer or STEAM Kit that isn't mentioned then let us know as these details will be taken into consideration when we pick the Grand Prize winner!


    Post a blog of your completed Holiday Project in the The Holiday Special space or tag your blog post with HolidayProjectCH


    See Details on Posting Holiday Projects!


    View Project Examples!


    Your comments below will be taken into consideration when picking when awarding the Grand Prize of a RBX01 BK-REFURB 3D Printer and SAM's STEAM Kit to Gift!


    See Details on Prizes!


    3 First Place Winners will win a $100 Shopping Cart and a $100 Shopping Cart to Gift for Projects from any competition that took place during the month of December qualify:


    A Bonus Shopping Cart of $100 is available for a deserving project that didn't win.


    Holiday Projects About You!


    The holidays mean something different to everyone.


    Originally, this was conceived of as an homage to an obscure Holiday Special for Star Wars that just about nobody has ever seen.


    The special was only broadcasted once in the US because it was so painful to watch, it's been ranked by some as the two worst hours in television history ever.  You can find versions or snippets of it online but the real challenge is to actually make it through the part you are seeing.


    In the special you learn about Chewbacca's holiday tradition "Life Day", which is an intergalactic equivalent to Thanksgiving.


    The movie is utterly absurd, its hard to believe that Carrie Fischer, Mark Hamel, and Harrison Ford went along with making it, or that James Earl Jones gave his voice to the project.  It's the kind of thing that could have only come out in the 70s.  Now that you too are painfully aware of how a wookie celebrates the holidays, its your turn.


    It's since been broadened to be about, the kind of thing that could only come from you.  Do a project around your favorite holiday tradition.  The more unique and different it is the better.


    Think about what makes the holidays special to you and do a project around it.  Use your imagination to build something that could only come from you and what makes the holidays unique to you!



    This holiday is yours, where we all share with you the hope that this day brings us closer to freedom and to harmony and to peace. No matter how different we appear, we're all the same in our struggle against the powers of evil and darkness. I hope that this day will always be a day of joy, in which we can reconfirm our dedication and our courage. And more than anything else, our love for one another. This is the promise of the Tree of Life. - Princess Leia



    If you want to relive the glory days of 1978, or what you imagined life was like living in the late 70s go for it.  You could make your own obscure late 70s movie prop complete with lasers, sound effects, and as kitchy as you want it to be.


    Or, you can make a fun project in the holiday spirit.  You could make a snow globe that warns you of inclement weather, voice-activated ornaments, jazzed up holiday cards, LED decorations - anything that means the holidays to you.


    If you celebrate Hanukkah, the community needs more Hanukkah projects!


    So, if you don't have a tradition you celebrate, don't want to celebrate the one you grew up in, do what Frank Costanza did, make a project about how the holiday's make you feel.  Cause after all, there's always a Festivus for the rest of us!




    You can also do it around a favorite movie you watch around the holidays or a tradition all your own.


    If you're like me you're excited about the release of Star Wars:  The Last Jedi on December 15th.


    Show your pride by making your own Star Wars Holiday Project


    Project14 is all about inclusivity and so is Star Wars.  The movie was based on Joseph Campbell's The Hero With a Thousand Faces.


    In it Campbell took Jung's archetypes and used it to map out the common underlying structure behind religion and myth.


    Projects can be whatever the holidays mean to to you!


    It can even be a Star Wars project, if you only believe in the Force.





    Your Prizes


    Grand Prize: 3D Printer to Have Plus STEAM Kit to Gift to Give!
    Your Prize:  RBX01-BK-REFURBRBX01-BK-REFURB 3D Printer
    Your Gift to Give: SAM's STEAM Kit
    Value: approx. $600Value: approx. $600
    • Dual-nozzle system allows you to print in 2 materials at once.
    • Allows a mechanical design engineer to prototype injection mould design without the need to modify the design
    • Built by curriculum experts, includes curriculum-based STEAM Projects and lesson plans on data capture, programming logic, and more!
    • 40 + SAM software blocks, Easy integration with Lego, hands-on educator support, and easily adapts into homework



    First Place Winner: Shopping Carts to any of our Stores!

    Your Prize: $100 Shopping Cart (3) to any of our Stores!


    An additional $100 Shopping Cart (1) is available for a project that is deserving but doesn't win!

    Your Gift to Give: $100 Shopping Cart to any of our stores!


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    Your Chance to Win


    How to Submit a Project Entry


    Project14: Monthly Project Competitions About You!


    Come Up With a Clever Name
    Stick to the Theme
    • A clever name can make your project memorable.
    • The right name can distinguish your project from others and help create buzz around your project.
    • This project is your baby! Part of the fun of bringing something new into the world is coming up with a name.
    • If you have an idea for a project that doesn't fit the current theme then submit your idea in the comments section of the monthly poll.
    Be Original
    Submit Video Proof
    • Providing the steps you took to complete your project (text, video, or images) and providing video proof should be sufficient in most cases.
    • If your project introduces something new or something that is not commercially available or affordable then that counts!
    • If it doesn't work that's fine, this program is more about the journey than the end product.
    • A short video is all that is required but you can shoot as much video as you like.
    • You are encouraged to be creative and have as much fun as possible!

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    Your Project Examples


    The Holiday Special
    Raspberry Pi Perpetual Yule Log Raspberry Pi IoT Ornament Texter


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    Holiday Inspiration from Ben Heck!



    Ben Heck's Naughty or Nice Meter Episode
    Ben Heck's Star Wars Christmas Special Episode
    Naughty or Nice MeterStar Wars Christmas Special


    Ben Heck's Holiday Present Protection System Episode
    Ben Heck's Holiday Workshop Episode
    Holiday Present Protection SystemHoliday Workshop



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    Your Project, Your Ideas!



    About Project14

    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?

    • Every month (around the 14th of each month) a new theme will be posted on Project14.
    • Submit your ideas (proposals) for your projects to get feedback from the rest of the community.
    • Submit a project entry in the Theme space once you start working on it.


    What are Monthly Theme Polls?

    • Every month (around the 14th of each month) there is a project theme poll.
    • Vote on which project competition you want to see for the following upcoming theme.
      • The themes voted on during the previous poll decided the upcoming theme.
      • If you submit an idea for a theme that is not used then it can still be used in a future poll.
    • Themes comments and ideas from the comments section of the project theme poll.

    Step 1: Log in or register on element14, it's easy and free.

    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: The Holiday Special




    You have until January 14th, 12:00 AM CDT to submit your completed project!


    A jury consisting of your peers will judge project submissions!

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