BOJ Challenge

This is your chance to boj something wonderful together out of a Box Of Junk, and be rewarded for it. How to participate:

  1. Get a team together, come up with a name, and announce your intent to participate by e-mailing
  2. Buy a BOJ from American Science and Surplus ($10 plus S&H).
  3. Get your team together when you get your box, and inventory it by pieces (i.e. 100 screws, 1/4″-20×2″; 1 coffeepot heating element; 2 plate hangers, etc.).
  4. Come up with a project or projects that use major parts that come from the BOJ (follow the rules below)!
  5. Document your project on a webpage.
  6. Submit your finished project(s) to
  7. Participate in the online voting for best project.

The rules:

  1. All major components must come from the BOJ.
  2. One BOJ per team.
  3. Multiple projects are allowed.
  4. You may use the box itself.
  5. Project(s) must be documented online, and this documentation submitted for consideration.
  6. Project(s) must account for at least 75% (by individual pieces) of the contents of the BOJ.
  7. Project(s) must be completed and submitted to by 12:01a ET, August 1, 2010.
  8. Allowed components from outside the BOJ:
  • Fasteners (nuts, bolts, screws, nails, rivets, tape, glue, yarn, string, etc.)
  • Controllers (microcontrollers, radio controls, PLUs, motor drivers, relay boards, computers, etc.)
  • Power Supplies (electrical: batteries, wall warts, computer PSUs, wall current plugs; mechanical: bikes, steam engines, cars, tractors, etc.)
  • Custom Components (3D-printed components, custom machined components, or others that you make yourself from stock only.)

Voting will end August 7, 2010, and a prize will be sent out to the winner by August 10, 2010. Follow the trashtalk on twitter: #ithackaBOJ