My name is Brandon, a rising junior from Valley Stream South High School. My main project is the Kaleidoscope Eyes (Trinket-Powered NeoPixel LED Ring Goggles) which are cosplay/steampunk goggles with glowing LEDs behind the lens! My starter project is the Junior Theremin which is a rudimentary version of the instrument that can be played without the need of touching it! I choose these projects mainly because both require a decent amount of soldering, something I am hoping to master by this summer’s end. I also choose the Kaleidoscope Eyes because it requires basic to novice coding, which I plan on going into as a field if I decide not to go into electrical engineering.
I feel that my 5 weeks here at BlueStamp Engineering have taught me more than I could have ever learned on my own or from my school. I was a bit stubborn about the whole concept of taking this much time out of my summer, but after the first day I knew that I’d get to learn and implement skills that I would have thought I wouldn’t use until I entered a engineering career. While here, I’ve faced challenges and hardships in terms of finding the right modification for my goggles and refitting such ideas to the goggles. This program has mostly taught me to adjust to problems and solve them little by little rather than to let it consume the whole project and cause the whole thing to be taken over and held over you. I had no experience in coding, building, or soldering, but that meant little as the instructors are always available to give a basic rundown and demonstration if needed while also encouraging students to improve their own problem solving skills. BlueStamp has even opened me up to working with others, as all the other students are at different levels and have their own strengths and weaknesses as you do. In short, BlueStamp has boosted my skills, mindset, and interest in engineering as a whole.
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