An App/Software Project
By Rosa, John Paul, John, & Sarah
Middle School Students from Mouse & DIIT Design League @ IS 145Q
About this Project:
The class interviewed each other and asked, “What problems do we face as middle school students at 1.S.145?” One of the problems that we talked about is how uncomfortable we are because of back pain. We have to sit in the same chair 6 feet apart in the same classroom because of social distancing. Last year, we would leave our classroom and be able to walk in the hallways to get to the next class. We don’t do that anymore because of Covid-19.
We brainstormed ideas on how we could solve this problem. Many of our friends suggested bean bag chairs. We really liked that idea of everyone sitting in comfortable chairs in class. When someone said that they didn’t like bean bag chairs, we realized that we need different chairs for different people. We also liked the idea of a delivery service that will bring us a chair and exchange it when we don’t like it. We built our app around that idea and added more information as we worked on it.
Our app works with a login page. We need to make sure that their chair gets delivered to the right school. Then students will have the chance to select different options for their chair, such as, “massage chair, soft chair or stiff chair.” The filters will lead them to a page to view the different options. They can read the reviews and see if the chairs are available. To buy the chair, the students can use points that are given to them by the teacher. The teacher will give points to the student as a reward when they do anything well, like homework or classwork. Once the student buys the chair, someone will deliver the chair to the classroom and the student can use it. If they don’t like it, then the student can go back to the app and exchange it to receive their points back.
Feedback from the Judges:
Lev Parsons 👏 Physics Teacher at St. Bernard's School — Emoti-Con Judge
Your app idea is innovative and your app layout is easy to follow! It is clear that you designed this app with the input of real students and created a product that will solve real problems. The name "mythical chair” is whimsical, and clever. I like that you use a point system so that students can afford the chairs. Have you thought about how your company will afford the chairs it provides? You have an exciting project that could really have an impact on the lives of students. Congrats!
Maddy Barr 👏 Visual and UX Designer at IBM — Emoti-Con Judge
This application would have a great impact on students restricted to their classrooms due to Covid-19! Another thing you could consider are different chairs for people who have physical impairments like scoliosis, broken bones, etc. Great work thinking about the user and designing the app!
Emily Gregor 👏 Content Lead at Fullstack Academy — Emoti-Con Judge
Hi, Rosa, John Paul, John, and Sarah!
Thank you so much for sharing such a fun project with us! Your work put a smile on my face. I love that you're thinking about a problem that directly impacts your classmates and finding a unique solution. Prioritizing health and accessibility at school, at work, and in society as a whole is so important, and I'm excited to see what initiatives you'll think of next! I agree with some of the other comments here that it'd be cool to see this built out to accommodate additional ability levels.
Amanda Perales 👏 Aluminati member at The Emoti-Con Steering Committee — Emoti-Con Judge
What an interesting idea. You guys are spot on with the human-centered design process. By interviewing others, identifying an issue and trying to address it, you have made your project not only interesting, but also meaningful. The thought of having an app at your fingertips to help address your comfort needs makes me want to have that at my job. Would this be a same day delivery service? Great job