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HallowEEn Design Challenge

Goal: Use electrical and electronic technology with a bit of creativity to design a Halloween decoration for an EE Department HallowEEn fest (Friday 10/26 afternoon).

Prizes: $700 first prize, $400 second prize, $200 third prize, four $50 honorable mentions.

Evaluation: Project will be judged by EE party visitors, including kids, students, staff, and perhaps even a few EE faculty members.

Teaming: Designers are encouraged to team with UW students from other departments, both inside and outside of the College of Engineering, but there must be at least one undergraduate EE student on the team. To find prospective teammates, visit https://catalysttools.washington.edu/gopost/board/jdsahr/2292/

Constraints:
Project must be portable
Project must set up in less than 20 minutes
Project may not make permanent marks on floor or drywall
Project must be safe. In particular, project may not subject visitors to hazardous voltages, noise levels, light levels (especially lasers), or temperatures.
No model rocket engines
Supplied by 120V AC household service, less than 5A current, or batteries.
Project must perform for 2 hours without resupply.

All projects will be subject to a safety review by the Halloween Oversight Rigorous Review Of Responsibility & Safety (HORRORS) committee [Christie, Peckol, Ostendorf, Sahr]. Of course, the review will be confidential (i.e. we won’t leak your secrets).

Intellectual Property: Designers grant permission to prize donors to use their projects for Halloween 2007 (including 10/26-10/31) with the option for licensing in future years. Other IP rights remain with the designers.

Registration:
By noon October 12, submit a brief project description, including space and installation requirements and a list of team members with email contact information and majors to .
By noon October 22, submit your design for review to the same email address.

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