Thursday, May 19, 2016

Ted Talks

Today was Ted talk presentation day. I was quite nervous leading up to it, but think I did alright. It was cool to see how far other kids got with their projects. I liked comparing how they did their research and gathered their information versus how I did. Some of the projects were really well put-together and their presentations were efficient, but others were kind of confusing. Although i don't like getting up on stage and talking in front of an audience, I think the 20% time in its entirety was a very helpful, creative, and innovative subject and I'm really glad we got to do it here on Harmony. I haven't gotten my Ted talk grade yet, but hopefully I will tomorrow.

Sunday, May 15, 2016


Ted talks are this Wednesday, the 18th of May. I have been prepping myself using notecards and doing further research. Some of my research is really technical and talks about the chemicals that interact with headaches and migraines. Dopamine and serotonin are the main chemicals that when found in an abundance could cause migraines. If the blood vessels in your brain are especially sensitive to these chemicals, you may experience headaches. Many people find dopamine repellents a very controversial idea and often mock the people that try to create such products. Another controversial headache reliever that has been tested and works (according to patients) is the use of medically-prescribed marijuana. People say this works to cease headaches, but it could come with side effects. In order to properly inform my audience, I really need to separate opinion from fact. This can be hard when working with online text and websites whose citations are nonexistent or are hard to find.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Mini Prototype

i made a mini cardboard model of roughly what the product will look like. as i was creating it, i realized that i could create magnets or velcro-attachable pieces that would come with the coolband to attach. this way, it would be extremely easy to fit to anyone's needs. i just need to decide if i should make the whole thing magnetic, limiting how plush/soft it would be, or just parts of it, limiting the versability. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Clay and Graphs

right now, i am creating my model out of clay for my coolband. i am collecting information using charts, graphs, studies, clinical trials, etc. the info i am looking for includes head and neck measurements depending on age, gender, race, etc. this way, the coolband can fit anyone and everyone who needs it.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Back to the Drawing Board

today i watched a few other pitches from other students on a different team. this inspired me to go back to my first steps and my brainstorming. i am reading my first posts and documents, and making sure my ideas are secure. i am returning to the drawing board and possibly changing the position of the pressure points that will lay on the head. this could make the coolband very versatile, so you could adjust it even more. i really want the audience to be able to be as diverse as possible.

Monday, February 29, 2016


right now i'm working on my model. i will post a picture when it's done. i also am ordering the materials from amazon and they should be here in a few weeks. i'm planning to cut open an elasto-gel sample and seeing what materials they use and how they work. i will test and compare/contrast to the materials that i'm using. this will be posted on my blog whenever i can. (most likely be on or around spring break, when i have some time)

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Making a Model

before i can advance to my actual prototype, i'll need to make a model. i'm using wire as a base and clay (model magic) for the actual thing. i still need to figure out correct measurements for head sizes. i need data for children, teens, young adults, adults, and seniors. hopefully i can find all of those soon so i can buy the right amount of velcro. all of my materials are linked (using amazon) in the post before my last.

Friday, February 19, 2016

My Poster


tuesday was idea showcase. i worked really hard on poster; including a timeline, expenses, goals, materials, charts, and drawings. the people who came really liked it, but unfortunately there weren't that many people there. i listened to their questions and now that i've collected all of my data and info, i really have to focus on building my model. i am going to use clay, wire, and a wire tool. for my actual prototype, i will need an elasto gel sample for research about the materials, a velcro strap, fabric, and polymer granules for the filling. (**all of these are just examples**) this will cost at least $50 combined, not including tools i already have at home such as water, paper, pencils, etc.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Types of Headaches

  • tmj              pain on and around the temples (in relation to jaw)

  • sinus          pain at cheekbones and in-between eyebrows

  • cluster        intense pain on and around either left or right eye

  • tension       a squeezing pain around crown of head

  • neck           pain both in the upper part of head and in the neck

  • migraine     pain over entire head, nausea, visual changes, and sensory sensitivity

Monday, February 1, 2016

Idea Showcase

i'm using piktochart to make my infographic. i made a google doc with the information for my presentation and i'm making index cards to remember my topic points. i also used piktochart for my human rights resolution in GEMS class. i like this because it has so many different templates to choose from. also, i finished my final logo. and i've been doing research to make sure no other companies or organizations have the same logo. i still need the polymer granules and the fabric. i'm gonna use velcro to make the band adjustable for every head size. i am working on blueprints right now. i have a lot going on but i think i can pull it all together for a successful idea showcase.

Sunday, January 10, 2016


most of the work for my project now is with materials. i was inspired by the elasto-gel ™ material, because it keeps the cold in, so some sort of cotton and polyester blend or a hydrophobic fabric. i will use polymer granules (mostly used to with plants) to keep in the moisture. i will either design and blueprint this using a computer program or i will try to raise money and physically create the coolband. the one thing i am still working on is with the velcro and/or buttons to secure everything around your head. i need to find measurement samples for the average sizes of someone's head (for all ages).