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    In the Comments Below: Let Us Know Your Cheer Us Up Ideas!


    Make Something Completely Daft, Pointless, Humorous, Prank Related or Wacky!


    The theme this month is Cheer Us Up and it comes from a suggestion from 14rhb and the idea is to make something completely daft, pointless, humorous, prank related or wacky.   Around this time last year we launched the Fighting Germs competition,  also based on a suggestion from 14rhb, and the competition fit the mood of the moment and gave engineers an outlet to deal with what was going on around them.   While,  on the surface of things this appears completely different from that theme, in away it fits the moment every bit as much as that theme did.  2020 was a bleak year.  If 2020 felt like a bottomless pit, this year feels like we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel  So we're proposing members build projects that make us laugh, are utterly pointless, are weird, irrelevant, or whatever. This could easily include animations and display messages, things with plenty of movement, those including pets are good or nice audio. Some ideas he suggests include lan automatic ball launcher for dogs, automatic greeting message, think mousetrap, Wallace and Gromit inventions, a music generator controlled from nearby vibrations, an animatronic desk buddy, an unusual keyboard design....etc.  


    To help inspire you with ideas, we're going to look back in order to push forward!   After all, being creative and having fun is what this is all about!   We hope these project examples put a smile on your face like they did ours:



    The Thinking Cap by ntewinkel:


    The Thinking Cap



    The Useless Box by balearicdynamics :


    The Useless Box



    Jumbo LED  by Workshopshed:


    Jumbo LED


    Automated Tea Dunker by carmelito :



    Automated Tea Dunker



    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!


    Your Project Examples


    Digital Fever
    The Thinking Cap Automated Tea Dunker




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    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:  Cheer Us Up or tag your project blog CheerUsUpCH


    You have until May 14th 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 Your Cheer Us Up Ideas!


    Make Something Completely Daft, Pointless, Humorous, Prank Related or Wacky!