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    In the Comments Below: Let Us Know How You Plan to Be Part of the Solution (Not Part of the Problem) with Your Fighting Germs Project Ideas!

     

    Your Projects Can Involve Making It Easy to Be Germ Free, Projects that Protect the Most Vulnerable, and Projects that Help You (and Others) Cope!

     

    The Fighting Germs theme is in response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak which is the most pressing concern in all our lives right now.   We're calling on all community members to build projects that make it easy to be germ free, build projects that protect the most vulnerable, and to build projects that help you (and others) cope with current crisis.  You can also build projects that help keep you protected when you have to be out for essentials such as groceries or trips to the pharmacy.

     

    Due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the recent worldwide pandemic, that has left many of us working from home, social distancing, and self-isolating; we have setup a special competition to help confront these troubling times. Engineers are problem solvers and we've got a community full of them.  The name of the theme is Fighting Germs and the idea comes from a conversation started by 14rhb in his Projects That Fight Germs post.  This challenge is to encourage you to build something that helps fight or prevent the spread of germs.  The idea being it would be affordable in terms of the component availability/resources so that others with similar resources could replicate them to help a few friends, neighbors, and colleagues. Could be something that helps in the medium term while people, especially older folk, are in isolation. And finally looking much further ahead, helps prevent the spread of germs.  You could for instance do something that helps elders that are currently in isolation such as providing remote care and diagnosis:

     

    You can begin working and posting your project anywhere on the community using the tag FightingGermsCH.  You are free to work in teams  (just be sure to work remotely). This theme will take the take the place of the scheduled April Theme, Hardware Hacking, which will be pushed to May.

     

    14rhb suggested a few ideas for your Fighting Germs project including a contactless hand wash system, a contactless temperature monitor, a germ free door handle (can a low current effectively clean a metal handle?), a 3D printed gripper to open and close a variety of doors, a portable UV sterilizer for cutlery etc. He also suggested a system that could electronically replace toilet rolls.  

     

    Build Projects that Make It Easy to Be Germ Free!

     

    Here are some examples of projects from a couple of our members, Anti-Virus Ideas by dougw and Corona Chart – Building an Information Display with the Pi by shabaz :

     

    Fighting Germs
    Anti-Virus Ideas Corona Chart – Building an Information Display with the Pi

     

     

    Here are a couple of interesting projects from cypresstwist:

     

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    Pumping air in Covid lungs 5% Chlorine solution disinfectant station

     

    Looking back, at some past episodes of The Ben Heck Show, who could forget Episode 235: Ben Heck's Automatic Sanitizing Doorknob Episode , where Ben and Felix make an auto doorknob sanitization unit out of some uv sanitizing lights.    There was also Episode 15: Ben Heck's Automatic Sanitizer where Ben helps a physician by building a hand sanitizing station that detects motions, reminds people to sanitize, and logs their behavior.  

     

    Fighting Germs
    Episode 235: Ben Heck's Automatic Sanitizing Doorknob Episode Episode 15: Ben Heck's Automatic Sanitizer

     

     

    Build Projects that Protect the Most Vulnerable!

     

    Finally, your project does not need to involve soap or sanitizing.  Fighting Germs involves protecting those most vulnerable to them. This not only includes the elderly but it also includes people with diabetes, autonomic dysfunction, recently pregnant, those taking blood thinners, those with high-blood pressure, and the list goes on and on....   There is not a member on here that cannot think of someone that falls in that category.

     

    Here is a LoRa Project that 14rhb built to help remotely monitor elderly folks in need of care:

     

    Fighting Germs: Build Projects that Protect the Most Vulnerable!
    Building EPCC - Elderly Person in the Community Care

     

    Build Projects to Help You (and others) Cope!

     

    Finally, fighting germs also means finding ways to keep yourself (and others) safe by sacrificing many of the things we thought that mattered.   Perhaps, all is not lost and you can build a project that helps you cope with everything that's going on.   That was certainly the case with redcharly in his Acoustics project:

     

    Relaxing sounds of nature

     

    Hi, these are terrible days, in Italy we have been locked in the house for days to avoid the spread of Coronavirus.

    What's better than designing and building something with Arduino? - redcharly

     

     

     

    Use this theme as an opportunity to think about the things that are important to you and build a project that allows you to hold onto the things you love, while keeping yourself and everyone else safe.

     

    Your Chance to Win

     

    Be Original
    Stick to the Theme
    • You could come up with a clever name that make's your project memorable!
      • This project is your baby! Part of the fun of bringing something new into the world is coming up with a name.
    • Your project could introduce something new or that is not commercially available or affordable!
    • 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.
    List the Steps
    Submit Video Proof
    • Provide the steps you took to complete your project (text, video, or images).
      • This could be a step by step how-to-guide, vlog, schematics, coding, napkin drawings, voice narration, or whatever you think will be useful!
    • If it doesn't work that's fine, this 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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    • 3 First Place Winners a $100 Shopping Cart!

     

     

     

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    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: Fighting Germs  or tag your project blog FightingGermsCH

     

    You have until June 15th End of Day to submit your completed project!

     

    A jury consisting of your peers will judge project submissions!

     

    In the Comments Below: Let Us Know You Plan to Be a Part of the Solution (Not Part of the Problem) with Your Fighting Germs Project Ideas!

     

    Your Projects Can Involve Making It Easy to Be Germ Free, Projects that Protect the Most Vulnerable, and Projects that Help You (and Others) Cope!