Monthly Archives: March 2016


Today, six members of our team attended a workshop at SCSU (Southern Conn. State University).

Many things were discusses with the professionals at that workshop – such as the design. We have all decided that the design is to be changed, meaning that our team name and our logo will have to change as well. Designs are being drafted and discussed.

Our new name will be Stresslet, as the new overall design will be similar to that of a FitBit. Unlike TheraOrb, which was a stress-ball that was worn around the neck, Stresslet will be a bracelet that measures heart rate and records daily schedules. It also has a GPS locator to show your location on the companion app.

All the judges provided very helpful suggestions on how to improve our project. Thank you to the other teams that participated alongside with us!



We have won Mini-Expo!

We would like to give a heartfelt thanks to all of the judges, teachers, parents, and students that came to our booth and filled out our survey. Your contribution was very much appreciated!

We’d also like to welcome our newest members to the team: Nailah Hutchinson, Erica Jones, Brian Pettaway, and Austin Cepalia!  Their diligence will greatly benefit our project.

Our main goals are to finish a prototype of our product by early-April, refine the website, get more data from students and professionals, and to get a partnership. So far, we have made great progress, as the site is nearing completion and the data keeps pouring in.

We are currently editing the business plan and our informational powerpoint. Kateri Torrealba, our booth design expert, is currently researching S.W.A.G items and a company to custom design our table cloth.

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Mini-Expo has finally passed!

Our team has working tirelessly this past month to finish all the necessary components to this project and it has finally come together to form a beautiful display.

All of the other projects in our grade were wonderful and equally interesting as ours was – so congrats to them!

We have not yet gotten the results from the judging, but we hope to receive them by Monday, the 14th.

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It’s been a tense few days for the TheraOrb team!

Our team is working diligently to come up with motto ideas and complete the business portion of the website. We are also taking many team photos and updating our social media as frequently as possible.
We aim to have a draft of the app and prototype time by the time Mini-Expo rolls around.


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We are racing to complete our tasks as the Mini-Expo timer counts down.

So far, we have completed:

  • Podcast #1 –  it has been recorded already
  • The brochure
  • the revision of the research paper
  • the researching of possible partnerships
  • the 3D models and sketches of the prototype

We have yet to complete:

  • the storyboard
  • the trifold board
  • the business paper and the SWOT analysis
  • the Google forms
  • the experimentation

The members of this team are working diligently working towards the completion of this project.

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We have nine days left until Mini-Expo!

So far we have:

  • finalized our logo design and it’s animation has been completed.
  • bought a project board to start preparing for Mini-Expo.
  • finished the jingle.
  • drawn up a rough sketch on how the app is going to work.
  • finished the biographies of each person.
  • finalized the surveys.

We are working on the storyboard, the website, this blog, business materials, and taking photos of the team.


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We have exactly fourteen days until March 9th, Mini-Expo. Everyone on this team is working rapidly and efficiently to finish their assigned tasks. Here is what we have accomplished so far:

  • Team logo draft designs (made on Blender):
  • The pomp bios and the team photos are being uploaded to the website.
  • The rough draft of the video has been made.
  • The scripts and the jingle are being drafted.
  • The cost analysis, business plan, and research paper are being worked on.
  • Possible partnerships with therapists are being researched.
  • Experimentation is being drafted.


We may have a limited amount of time, but by the time Mini-Expo rolls around, we will have a finished product.

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Things are looking bright for the future of this project! TheraOrb has progressed in the past few days. Here is what we have done so far:

  • The logo design: we brainstormed it’s color and other aspects of its design.
  • Market research has been completed. We have taken all the popular products that are in competition with us and analyzed their pros and cons.
  • The jingle and advertisement scripts are being drafted.
  • Webpage: All the appropriate and relevant pages have been created. Nothing has been published yet, but we hope to finish a majority of the website by the end of February break.

These various changes will certainly prepare us for mini-Expo.

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Welcome! (02.12.16)

Welcome to the official blog to TheraOrb, the electronic stress ball!

An innovative take of the generic stress ball, TheraOrb was made primarily to aid people suffering from anxiety and stress disorders/conditions and have difficulty expressing their emotions. This could lead to misunderstandings, suicide, and in some rare cases, violence. Our mission is to create a safe outlet for mentally ill kids and to help their social workers improve their treatment.

The theme for this year’s Expo is Empathy by Design, which means that we have to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes and create a product that solves whatever challenge they are facing. TheraOrb addresses this theme with accuracy.

Mini-Expo, an event that puts all the Expo ideas in our grade level against each other for judging, takes place on March 9th – less than a month away. We got off to a slow, rough start, but everyone and everything is running at a fast pace. Given the time we have and the pace we are working at, we will be able to complete all of our given tasks.

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