Mental thought puzzles are a interesting way to look at life, you put yourself to a goal, have a mission, and then run variables of ideas through your head and then through a prototype stage to see if the ideas are viable. You go to your interests that you enjoy, know that nowadays it is more than just STEM but also finance and this is a global inter-connected world. You keep a trusty notebook nearby to download onto paper your thoughts to help crunch numbers and ideas.
As much as we have come technologically, we still have a long ways to go, and many STEM projects nowadays are subject to ever tighter budgets, we need a revival of the STEM mindset as a country and world that we had in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Right now we are in a plateau stage in research and development, ideas that were cash cows in the past are fading away and new ideas need to start and mature, it means thinking outside the box, I know this term is overused, but there are so many technologies out there that can be adapted in many ways not thought of.
As the dog days of summer approach, August will be a month of “Deep Thoughts Under the A/C”. Try to innovate on small things in your life on a daily basis, the small innovations will grow to big ones if you do it enough.