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Green Science Fair Winners Answered

Instructables andDiscover Magazine are happy to announce the winners of theDiscover Green Science Fair for a Better Planet Contest!

We asked you to show us some great green ideas and you responded with a flood of them. Over 200 Instructables were submitted over the past few weeks and tons of useful information has been put out there to help others with their own green projects. You are all an inspiration, truly.

Thank you for putting so much time and effort into these Instructables. As always, we wish we had more prizes to give out.

Now, on with the winners!

First 10 Entries

For jumping into the contest early, the authors of these Instructables will receive a Discover Magazine t-shirt.

Ways to be greenHow to get FREE 9 Volt BatteriesRecycle plastic grocery bags into Loons!Tips on how to improve gas mileageAll-Natural Incense Burner
Science Fair Display BoardHow to recycle an old sweaterHow to Boycott the BottleEasy Seed StarterSupercharged Lemon


The authors of these Instructables will each receive a copy of 20 Things You Didn't Know About Everything, a book from the Editors at Discover magazine.

Mini Wooden Portable Compost BinHow to build a 72Volt electric motorcycleHow to Make an Easy Inverted Planter£5 Japanese lamp from recycled materials Trickle charging auto-switching LED helmet
Make your own plastic tote bag from recycled plastic bagsFrom old Tourist Map to Gift BagHow to Make A Solar Powered Fan!solar lawn mowerHow To Smell Pollutants

Third Prize

The authors of these Instructables will each receive an Eton FR150 Microlink, a Solar-Powered, Crank-powered Portable Radio with Flashlight and Cell Phone Charger.

Cheap solar tracker Organic planting pots from newspapersBike GeneratorRecycled Denim Shopping BagThe Green Pail Retained Heat Cooker

Second Prize

The authors of these Instructables will each receive a Sansa Express 1GB MP3 player, Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.

Solar Powered Trike

Urban Homestead Garden (squarefoot gardening abridged)

First Prize

The author of this Instructable will receive a Celestron Skyscout that uses advanced GPS technology with point and click convenience to identify thousands of stars, planets, constellations and more. Plus Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.

Make Your Own Biodiesel Processor

Thank you to all of our judges for helping to choose the winners.

Colin Bulthaup (CTO of Potenco, co-founder Squid Labs)
Christy Canida (Instructables)
Stephen Cass (Senior Editor at Discover Magazine)
Saul Griffith (President of Makani Power, co-founder Squid Labs, MacArthur Fellow)
Corwin Hardham (CTO of Makani Power, co-founder Squid Labs)
Jeremy Jacquot (treehugger.com, USC student in environmental sciences)
Tom Kostigen (co-author of The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time)
Ed Lewis (Instructables)
Corey Powell (Executive Editor at Discover Magazine)
Sarah Richardson (Senior Editor at Discover Magazine)
Gemma Shusterman (Media Lab grad, Juror for the 2008 SIGGRAPH art gallery)
Tyghe Trimble (News Editor at Discover Magazine)
Eric Wilhelm (Instructables, co-founder Squid Labs)
Daniel Wilson (Roboticist, author of How to Build a Robot Army)
Laura Wright (Senior Editor of On Earth Magazine, published by the Natural Resources Defense Council)


Whys didn't this instructable win anything?

It was certainly recognized as a cool instructable because it was a finalist. However, the judges had to choose what they thought suited the contest best and fit the criteria. So, I guess it just didn't make the cut.

I'm honored to be a runner up since this was my first Instructable and thanks to all of you who voted for me .but I was wondering if my address will be asked for they/yall are able to send my book to me

Not sure. I haven't gotten one either.

They don't usually give out emails until about a week after. Don't worry.

I'm not. Just trying to help out somebullcrap.

Congratulations. They will send you an e-mail for your details. It's great to win something, isn't it?


10 years ago

Hey everyone. I just wanted to congratulate everyone on a job well done. These are some really cool instructables.

Thank you for bringing this contest back! Good job everybody! There are some great instructables in there!

Congrats!! I really wanted to enter this one, but my project was pushed back again. :P

Congratumatations to all participants. There were some really awesome entries, as always.

Maybe I should enter in one of these contests one day...

Congrats to the winners!

Also, congrats to the judges, for having been able to decide between all those entries!

Congrats! These projects are awesome!

Congratulations everyone! Great job!

Congrats to all....wow, I am not only sad that I didn't make a little time to enter my own (it had NO chance against any of the winners, but it would have made some of them look better LOL), but I am also sad I didn't make time time to get in and vote "before hand". That, I deeply regret (showing my support, I mean). .

Congratulations to everyone who participated !! :D

Congratulations everyone!!!

Wow, I didn't realize there was an "early bird" prize.

And I didn't make fun of you... this time.

Congratulations to everyone who had done their hard work on making green instructables!


10 years ago

it isnt fair :( i was in the first 7 entries and i was on 2nd place all the time. :( ahh well gz guys

Congrats to all the winners and to all of the judges!

I won!

Congrats to everyone else who placed as well.

Now I'm off to do a happy dance.... =)


Awesome job drinkmorecoffee. Your instructable was awesome! I was pleasantly surprised that I was a runner-up. I can't wait to read the book! Congratulations everyone, this was a great contest.

I myself will have to wait for the movie. :-)

Sweet Contest! Good Job to all! I have to say I thought the 72 volt motorcycle was going to win 1st place. I voted for several diffrent projects there were just so many good ones to choose from! Thanks again to the Instructables staff for another great contest.


10 years ago

Great job everyone! I guess we can expect another Green contest next year?


10 years ago

Congrats, all! Lots of excellent projects... :-)

Well done, everybody. It must have been hard judging.