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Creators: Ciara, Jada, and Melyssa
High School Students from Mouse Design League (DIIT) @ Bedford Academy High School

About this Project:

As you look around, there is always an issue with the environment. There would be garbage/trash on the floor, or other unnecessary things that don't help the environment whilst making it look unpleasant as you walk. People constantly obtain harmful behaviors that are affecting their areas and the ecosystem, such as littering, deforestation, overuse of fossil fuels, etc. With that being said, our project wanted to make an app that can help fix these issues and influence others to create beneficial habits that can create a better environment around us. We called our app GROWTH because the app is supposed to be a way we can see the growth of people changing their harmful actions to positive ones towards their surroundings.

Before making our app, we as a group had to interview multiple students and staff in our school to get their insight on how they felt about the environment. After collecting that information, we moved on to drawing sketches of how the app could look like. Then, we distributed our designs to Figma, a website where we can make prototypes of our app design.

Basically, the app works by creating a profile, and documenting what oneself has seen that day in their environment. For example, they can log “I saw a lot of trash on the floor”. The app then asks them what they can do to fix the problem, which results in them having two options, based on the response they stated. The options are “Community Center” and “DIY”. If they pick Community Center, the app will then provide available community centers in their area that they can choose to fix their issue. They can then contact the center or reach out to the center as a way of volunteering to fix their issue. If they pick “DIY”, the app would then list multiple DIY projects/tasks that they can attempt to do, based on their problem. It would provide correct instructions depending on the task they choose; after they complete their task they can take a picture to show their achievement. However, if they are unable to start their task on that day, GROWTH provides a messaging system where someone can type when they wish to start the project, to save for later. You can see different people’s comments about a project or when they want to start a project. GROWTH is a fun way to do tasks with others while saving the environment at the same time.

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Feedback from the Judges:

👏 Manager, Design League & Volunteers at Mouse — Emoti-Con Judge
Great job, Ciara, Jade, and Melyssa!
I really enjoyed reviewing your app and its many interactive features. I really enjoyed the DIY feature to get the user to be more involved in creating the environment they want. I also enjoyed connecting the user to local community centers and seeing other users share their experiences through the chat board. That helps encourage communal change in the environment!
Something to think about if you decide to continue developing this app is if the user gets a reminder of their rescheduled task or gets notifications from other community centers that are doing neighborhood clean-up projects.
Awesome job!

👏 CEO at Mouse — Emoti-Con Judge
First, a huge round of applause for the creativity of the app name and all the thought that went into choosing it. Names are a big gear and "GROWTH" makes the user want to dive in and see more. Your presentation is so thoughtful -- especially all the connections to local community centers and actions the user can take to improve the environment. The gamified portion of the app where users can "create their dream environment" is also appealing and fun. It really helps the user see how they can improve their community and take action to build the world they want to live in!

👏 Director of Technical Recruitment at Lightyear Health — Emoti-Con Judge
Great work, team! This was such a thoughtful presentation for GROWTH. The name of the app inspires the community to contribute while showing that the focus is on improving the environment. I like that you have the user reflect on the problems they have come across and then having multiple ways to solve them by taking action.

There's so many ways to interact with this app and overall quite fun. The feature that allows you to take and share pictures will motivate others to do good. Overall super creative and engaging!

Feedback from the Community:

👏 a Teacher and/or Educator from Philippines
👏 a Teacher and/or Educator from Philippines
Great job
👏 a High School Student
App is really good!!!
👏 a High School Student
Really nice design, a fun way to help the environment
👏 a High School Student
I really love the outline and layout of the design. Very informative
annie 👏 a High School Student from America

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