Want to make the jump from controlling things on your computer to controlling things in the real world? Then the microcontroller is a wonderful way to go. One of the most well-known microcontrollers out there is the Arduino, but there are many more. To celebrate all of them, we've teamed up with RadioShack for the Microcontroller Contest!

The rules are simple: if your project includes a microcontroller it can be entered. Also be sure to provide great and clear documentation of your project for both the build and any code you write for it.

So get to it, make something with a microcontroller in it and be sure to post it by November 11, 2013. We can't wait to see what it is!

Multiple entries are accepted, but each entrant can only win one prize. Contest is open to entries from US, Canada [excluding Quebec], UK, China, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, India, New Zealand, and Denmark. The Contest begins at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PT), August 26, 2013. Contest closes for entries at 11:59pm PT, November 11, 2013.

The winner(s) will be solely responsible for complying with any and all applicable statutes, laws (including, without limitation, common law, if applicable), rules and regulations and for bearing any personal income tax, VAT, withholding taxes, customs duties, or other taxes, fees, insurance, surcharges or other costs relating to receiving, claiming or collecting any prize.

The Microcontroller Contest is closed.

Grand Prize

14 Prizes

Grand Prize (1 winner)

One Grand Prize winner will receive an ASUS Zenbook Prime 13.3" Ultrabook with Windows® 8, a Parrot® AR.Drone 2.0, and a Nexus 7 32GB Tablet.

First Prize (3 winners)

Three First Prize winners will each receive a Parrot® AR.Drone 2.0 and a Nexus 7 32GB Tablet.

Second Prize (10 winners)

Ten Second Prize winners will each receive a Nexus 7 32GB Tablet.

How It Works

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Aug 26, 2013 and Nov 11, 2013 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Microcontroller Contest. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.