DIY Haunts, Sponsored by Jameco and MAKE
Once again we here at MAKE are excited to partner with Jameco Electronics in offering a cool contest: DIY Haunts. Imagine all the cool animatronic Halloween props found in costume stores. Whether they're pop-up ghosts, a skeleton rattling chains, or scarecrows with scary glowing eyes, these props are essentially electronic components like motors and LEDs, powered by microprocessors. The best thing about being a maker is that you don't have to buy one of these decorations, you can make your own! Which brings us to:
The Goal: Build an Animatronic Halloween Prop
Your goal is to build a Halloween prop that moves, lights up, and makes noise in an appropriately spooky manner. You'll be graded on these criteria as well as the cleverness of your design, the thoroughness of your documentation, and the clarity of your presentation.
If you're just starting, we'll guide you through the process of creating your own Halloween prop and learning to assemble the electronic circuitry and program the microcontroller.
Update: The deadline for submissions has been extended to November 5, 2010.
Get your entries in by 11:59 p.m. PDT!
- Grand Prize: The Grand Prize Winner will receive one Stingray Robot, one MAKE magazine Halloween Issue, $50 Gift Certificate redeemable at Maker Shed, and a Jameco Electronics T-shirt. Total estimated retail value of Grand Prize is $374.94.
- Second Prize: Second Prize Winner will receive one Lego Mindstorms kit, one MAKE Magazine Halloween issue, and a Jameco Electronics T-Shirt. Total estimated retail value of Second Prize is $304.94.
- Third Prize: Third Prize Winner will receive one MAKE Circuit Breaker Leatherman ES4, one MAKE Magazine Halloween Issue, and a Jameco Electronics T-shirt. Total estimated retail value of Third Prize is $60.99.
Done With Your Project? Submit!Here's the DIY Haunts submission form. We can't wait to see your entry!
Contest Newsletter sign-up
Fill out this simple form to subscribe to our contest mailing list. This will sign you up for the DIY Haunts newsletter and future, similar newsletters for similar project contests. We will not use your email address for any other purpose beyond this contest mailing list.
Looking for inspiration? Check out these handy resources:
- MAKE Flickr Pool (searching on 'halloween')
- MAKE Forums DIY Haunts Discussion
- Jameco Parts Bundle (NOT required to participate in the contest)
Read back issues of the DIY Haunts newsletter:
DIY Haunts Newsletter, Dispatch #1
DIY Haunts Newsletter, Dispatch #2
DIY Haunts Newsletter, Dispatch #3
DIY Haunts Newsletter, Dispatch #4
DIY Haunts Newsletter, Dispatch #5
DIY Haunts Newsletter, Dispatch #6
Check out current blog posts about the contest:
When readers start submitting their builds, we'll start posting 'em! Along the way, we'll be guiding you through our official Make: Online prop, an appropriately creepy animatronic tombstone.
Finally, here are some posts from MAKE and CRAFT detailing great Halloween props. But don't feel limited to these, we've featured countless posts on creepy costumes and spooky decorations. For more ideas, check out our Halloween archives on CRAFT and MAKE.
Mummified alien hand prop
How-To: Build a vintage diving helmet prop
Remote control color-changing pumpkin
Talking Arduino Halloween skeleton
A look back at my Halloween-inspired builds
How-To: Spooky Witch's Cauldron
Front porch "prop dropper"
Chocolate Human Skulls
How-To: Spider web balloons
Angler Fish Jack-o-Lantern
Scary shifty servo eyeballs
How-To: Cast concrete tombstones
How-To: "Eye of Sauron" swirly vacuum-tube pumpkin
How-To: Compressed air system for haunt props
How-To: Make electric candles for Halloween
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HOW TO ENTER: Contest begins at 12:01 a.m. PDT on September 28, 2010 and will end at 11:59 p.m. PDT on
November 2 November 5, 2010 (the “Contest Period”). During the Contest Period, participants have the opportunity to build an animatronic project. To enter the Contest, please visit the Contest landing page at www.makezine.com/diyhaunts/ and sign up for the DIY Haunts Newsletter. This weekly newsletter will provide you with background information and walk you through a different part of the project build with each issue. You will stay informed via this newsletter, and will also receive the link to the final Contest entry web form (“Contest Entry Form”) which you will need to fill out to officially enter your finished project into the Contest. As part of entering the Contest, you will also be required to submit the following according to the instructions on the Contest Entry Form: Project documentation, bill of materials, feedback of the build process as well as lessons learned (collectively the “Project”). Contestants are also encouraged to add their project photo documentation to the MAKE Flickr pool (http://www.flickr.com/groups/make/pool), with the tag “diyhaunts”. The Contest Entry Form, the Project and any other documentation and materials submitted in connection with the Contest will together constitute your entry and are collectively hereinafter referred to as “Entry”. Automated Entries are prohibited, and any use of automated devices will cause disqualification. You may enter as many times as you wish, but please do not submit duplicate or substantially similar Projects. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. PDT on November 2, 2010 to be eligible for the Contest.
WINNERS SELECTION: All Entries will be judged by a qualified panel of 3 judges selected by Sponsors based on the following judging criteria: (a) Creativity of Idea: 25%; (b) Project Execution: 40%; (c) Quality of Documentation: 25%; and (d) Presentation: 10%. The contestant with the Entry with the highest total score among all judging criteria will be the potential Grand Prize Winner, subject to verification. The next contestant with the Entry with the next highest total score will be the Second Prize Winner, and the next contestant with the Entry with the next highest total scores will be the Third Prize Winner, subject to verification. The Grand Prize Winner, the Second Prize Winner and the Third Prize Winners are collectively hereinafter referred to as “Winners”. In the event of a tie, tie breaker will be based upon the highest score in the first judging criteria, continuing thereafter to each judging criteria in order, as needed, to break the tie. The decisions of the judging panel will be issued no later than November 9, 2010, and will be final and binding on all matters relating to the Contest.
WINNER NOTIFICATION: Each Winner will be notified by email on or about November 9, 2010. Sponsors are not responsible for any change of contestant’s email address. Any prize or prize notification returned as undeliverable or otherwise not claimed within seven (7) days after notification of prize award will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. Each Winner may be required to execute and return an affidavit of eligibility and publicity, liability and other release within seven (7) days of notification attempt or prize will be forfeited and an alternate Winner will be selected.
PRIZES: One (1) Grand Prize Winner, one (1) Second Prize Winner, and one (1) Third Prize Winner will receive the following:
Grand Prize (1): Grand Prize Winner will receive one Stingray Robot, one MAKE Magazine Halloween Issue, $50 Gift Certificate redeemable at www.makershed.com, and a Jameco Electronics T-shirt. Total estimated retail value of Grand Prize is $374.94.
Second Prize (1): Second Prize Winner will receive one Lego Mindstorm, one MAKE Magazine Halloween issue, and a Jameco Electronics T-Shirt. Total estimated retail value of Second Prize is $304.94.
Third Prize (1): Third Prize Winner will receive one MAKE Circuit Breaker Leatherman ES4, one MAKE Magazine Halloween Issue, and a Jameco Electronics T-shirt. Total estimated retail value of Third Prize is $60.99.
Estimated total value of all prizes: US $$740.87. All prizes amounts are in US dollars. All prizes will be awarded, provided they are properly claimed. Prizes are not transferable. No cash redemptions. No substitutions or exchanges of the prizes will be permitted, except that Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any prize that becomes unavailable. The prizes are awarded "as is" and without warranty of any kind, express or implied, (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose). Acceptance or use of prize is at Winners’ own risk. All federal, state, and local taxes are the responsibility of the Winners. Limit one prize per household.
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