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Brandon - Second Post

Hi everyone!

As Week 2 comes to a close, I can’t believe how fast the YSC has passed. I can still remember writing my first entry.

In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about my project all week. I decided to stick to my current project, which is definitely the most developed idea I’ve had so far. I’ve gotten some excellent insight from my mentor, Dr. Cordell Hardy. The main focus for me is how I’m going to incorporate the 3M technologies I have chosen into my invention.

3M is an amazing company. Their name has become synonymous with tape and other sticky products, but there is much more to 3M than that. The number of technologies explored by 3M blew me away- from medical devices to TVs, security and transportation technologies, and even fishing rods produced by 3M. I had a wide range of technologies that I could apply to my gadget.

I really enjoyed meeting with my mentor. Dr. Cordell Hardy has been a wonderful guide, and I can't ask for a better mentor. His tips have aided me greatly while thinking about how I could improve my invention. We’ve contacted each other through e-mail a couple times since the first call. I'm looking forward to our next meeting.

It is strange that I’m ending this blog with one of the very first things I did- brainstorming. One of the hardest parts of any invention is picking a problem to solve. It is also one of the most crucial, because without a problem, an invention just can't exist; it won't have a purpose. I narrowed down my possible problems that I can solve from a billion, to ten, then three, and finally I decided that I would stick with my current project- pain relief through the stimulation of acupuncture points.

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