How to Enter the Launch It! Challenge




We're launching our Instructables Store, and what better way to celebrate than by hurling things through the air?

Join us, and Launch It!

How? Model rockets. Trebuchets. Marshmallow guns. Potato cannons. Slingshots. Catapults. Air pressure. Water pressure. Explosives. Rubber bands. Muscles. Engines. Springs. Something even more creative. We're launching the Instructables store- you get to launch everything else.

If you need inspiration, check out these classic Instructables:
Tennis Ball Mortar
Soda Bottle Rocket
Rocket Powered Matchbox Cars
Marshmallow Gun
Automatic K'nex gun
Office Supplies Trebuchet

Ratings Prize: First
The Instructable with the highest rating will receive a gift certificate for a Instructables Robot t-shirt from the Instructables store, and a custom-engraved Leatherman.
Ratings Prize: Runners-Up
The 5 Instructables with the next-highest rating will each receive a gift certificate for a Instructables Robot t-shirt from the Instructables store.
Page Views Prize:
The Instructable with the greatest number of pageviews will receive a gift certificate for a Instructables Robot t-shirt from the Instructables store, and a custom-engraved Leatherman.
Random Prize:
We'll also randomly pick one Instructable to receive a gift certificate for a Instructables Robot t-shirt from the Instructables store, and a custom-engraved Leatherman.

How to Enter:
1. Build something awesome, share it on Instructables, add it to the Launch It! Challenge group, and tag it with the keyword launch_it.

2. Your Instructable must include a video of the launch! Here's how to embed a video- if you have more questions, just ask!

3. You must use proper safety precautions! Don't aim at people, set your surroundings on fire, or do anything dumb or unsafe. Describe any potential hazards carefully, so others can make an informed decision based on the risk. Wear safety goggles, ear protection, a helmet, or other safety gear as necessary. We need to see your safety gear in the video, so be sure to look sharp.

4. Make a sign labeled "Instructables Launch It! Challenge Entry", and display it for the camera at the beginning of your video. If you do this while wearing your safety gear you'll take care of #3 as well!

5. Just to be completely clear: we want to see a sign, your safety gear, and everyone in the video acting responsibly. Unsafe or irresponsible behavior will result in disqualification from this contest, regardless of pageviews or ratings. If you're not sure what this means, ask. We're happy to talk about it.

6. Be creative, and document your project well. That means taking good pictures and writing down a list of parts and directions- the video isn't enough by itself!

7. We're not terribly strict, but your Instructable must be applicable to the Launch It! theme.

8. Publish your Instructable by 11:59pm PDT Sunday, 16 September, 2007.

9. Only projects posted on or after the 1st of August, 2007 are eligible. If you've got an older project that could apply, make another with improvements and submit it to the contest! Post an improved version of someone else's Instructable with a link back to your source of inspiration!

Once again, we're letting the audience judge! Find the entries here and rate your favorite projects so we know what you like. Vote for as few or as many as you like- it's up to you. Only positive votes will count in this contest! We're not counting negative votes, so voting down your competitor's projects is both unsporting and useless.

We'll judge based on the standings at noon PDT on Thursday, September 20, 2007 so everyone will have time to check out and vote on even the latest entries. Results will be posted shortly thereafter.

Project Submission Deadline: 11:59pm PDT, Sunday, 16 September 2007.
Audience Judging Deadline: noon PDT, Thursday, 20 September 2007.

Fine Print:
You can only win one prize per contest, but enter as many projects as you like and cross-post to other contests! Many Launch It! Instructables would also make great entries in the Science Fair.
International entries are great- we're happy to ship our t-shirts abroad. If you're under 18, that's fine too- we'll just need your parents' OK if you win.

Have a blast!



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    83 Discussions


    11 years ago on Introduction

    My instructable isn't in the group list - it said "published" but it doesn't show up on searches or in the launch_it group. You can access it from my member screen only. HELP

    1 reply
    Big Boom

    11 years ago on Introduction

    can we use parts from a modelrocket say the thing that lights the engine, the engine. and is there any thing we cannt use on or in the rocket like gas?

    3 replies
    super_geniusBig Boom

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    read the rules. they say basically you can use anything to make anything just be safe and dont blow up yourself or your cat.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    She's coming. Perhaps not as spectacular as once hoped, but I'll definitely get points for style. :P


    11 years ago on Introduction

    This sudden emphasis on safety gear has been playing on my mind. OK, it gives my boys a chance to look cool in the videos, but I wonder - has somebody been hurt following an Instructable and made a legal-type fuss about it?

    1 reply

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    No- we're just being proactive. ;) This is the first contest to specifically ask for projectiles, so we want to encourage good behavior, especially for videos- others may see them without the accompanying text.

    And there's nothing like safety gear to make you look especially awesome in videos. Your colander/helmet was pretty sweet.