We have been building projects, tearing down hardware, and educating viewers on electronics, components, protocols and products for over ten years! And soon we will be releasing our 500th episode!
As a special way to mark the occasion we're inviting you to help Build Inside THE BOX and support STEM Education for the 500th episode. Read below on how you can get involved, and what it is about:
What is Build Inside the Box?
If you've heard of the television show 'Chopped' then you will be familiar with the idea - contestants must create a palatable dish using all of the ingredients that they are given.
For our 500th episode and to support STEM education, we have chosen three of our hosts to Build Inside the Box - competing against each other to create... something, anything! But they must use absolutely everything (that you help to decide on) they are given in THE BOX.
The projects they create will become our 500th episode of element14 presents - and bonus content of their builds will be available exclusively here on the element14 Community.
Each contestant will be competing for electronics hardware prizes and a shopping cart that will be awarded to a local STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) organisation that each has selected.
Our Wonderful Contestants and Who They're Playing For
Clem is taking up the challenge on behalf of Georg Schibranji. George is a teacher who gets his students into electronics with his initiative called ‘Fabrik8’, created in 2016 it aims to give the best possible 3D Printing education and support of enthusiasm for electronics in pupils of all ages to aid with requirements for getting work in the industry, George is also the founder of a Makerspace!
Katie’s taking up the challenge on behalf of TEC Girls, a group of women and men in Cornwall, United Kingdom, who’re changing the lack of women in technology, engineering and the creative areas to encourage participation at college, secondary and primary school levels with the aim to encourage engagement as early as possible to help young girls realize that technology is open to all.
If James wins, the beneficiary will be DePaul University's $1,000 makerspace program which pairs underserved high schools in Chicago and the metropolitan area with the tools, training, and curriculum for teachers to integrate maker-centered learning into the classroom. The winning bundle will be distributed in conjunction with curriculum for teacher to use in covering the basics for students to learn 3D printing, CNC routing, electronics, programming, and development for the Internet of Things.
Grand Prize (1 STEM Education Winner)
PLUS a $750 USD Shopping Cart
Runner-Up Prize (2 STEM Education Winners)
PLUS a $500 USD Shopping Cart
Find Out What's In the BOX here
What additional challenges should our creators have to do?
The BOX only will have 5-6 parts – so the challenge doesn’t seem that difficult, does it? They’re competing for prizes after all.
Shall we spice it up with additional challenges that they have to demonstrate in the video?
Some nefarious ideas:
- use the only black wire throughout the project and still make it work
- use only parts with odd numbers
- programming should entirely be done in assembly language
- use only woodworking tools to create an enclosure
- the enclosure must be a repurposed object (no 3d printing!)
- no hot glue
What're your ideas?