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“Astro Enclyopedia”

Creators: JeisAura, Said, Ryan, Christopher
Middle School Students from I.S. 206 Ann Mersereau
Type of Project:
  • UX/UI Design
Themes of Project:
  • Education/Schools
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About this Project:

Astro Encyclopedia is an educational app designed to make learning about our solar system fun and accessible. It provides users with brief, informative descriptions of various celestial objects, including planets, moons, dwarf planets, and the Sun. The app aims to spark curiosity about space and encourage further exploration of astronomy.
Challenges Addressed:
Accessibility of Information: Traditional astronomy resources can be dense and overwhelming for beginners.
Engagement: Learning about space should be exciting and interactive.
Concise Information: The app aims to provide clear and concise descriptions suitable for all ages

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App Purpose:
The app is designed as an educational tool for users to learn about the solar system and its various celestial objects. It aims to provide concise and accessible information for a broader audience, particularly those who are new to astronomy.
App Features:
Login: Users can log in using their existing Google or Facebook accounts, simplifying the access process.
Categories: The app offers organized categories for exploration:
Planets: This section features the eight planets of our solar system (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune).
Moons: It covers a selection of moons, including Earth's Moon, Mars' moons, the Galilean moons of Jupiter, Saturn's moons, and Uranus' moons.
Dwarf Planets: This category presents information on various dwarf planets, such as Pluto, Ceres, Eris, Makemake, and Haumea.
The Sun: A dedicated section provides information about the Sun, the star at the center of our solar system.
Navigation: The app utilizes simple "NEXT" and "BACK" buttons, allowing users to easily browse through objects within each category and return to previous menus.
Object Descriptions: Each object in the app is accompanied by a brief textual description, highlighting its key features, characteristics, and interesting facts.
Sign Out: Users can sign out of the app once they are finished exploring.
Key Information Presented:
Mercury: Highlighted as the smallest and closest planet to the Sun.
Jupiter: Described as the biggest and most massive planet in the solar system.
Earth's Moon: Presented as Earth's natural satellite and noted for its impact craters.
Pluto's Moons: The app mentions that Pluto has five known moons and that its largest moon is Charon.
Pluto: Explained that Pluto was once considered the ninth planet but was reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006.
Ceres: Described as the largest dwarf planet located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
The Sun: Emphasized as the star at the center of the solar system, composed of hydrogen and helium, and essential for life on Earth.
Potential Areas for Improvement (Not Mentioned in the Video):
Visuals: The addition of images, videos, or animations would make the app more visually engaging and enhance the learning experience.
Interactivity: Incorporating quizzes, games, or other interactive elements could increase user engagement and reinforce learning.
Advanced Features: The app could offer more in-depth information, personalized learning paths, or features like a glossary or search function for a more comprehensive experience.
Overall, the "Astro Encyclopedia" app, as presented in the video, serves as a basic introduction to the solar system. It provides easily digestible information for beginners. However, it could benefit from additional features and multimedia elements to further enhance its educational value and user engagement.

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👏 Supply Chain Advisor at Dell — Emoti-Con Judge
Creating a project based on something you find really interesting is always a great creative outlet for you to spread awareness and help others learn more easily and that is something that this project really excels at. I really liked the written pitch you gave with the different sections of the app and would have liked to see the presentation organized in a similar manner. You did an amazing job of thinking of all of the different components you wanted to include and it felt really well developed and finalized. Keep up this great work and use your passions to guide you in work and in life and I think you have a lot of success and fulfillment in the career ahead of you!

👏 Executive Architect at IBM — Emoti-Con Judge
I learned so much from this app. I was interested in astronomy since I was in grade school. So this is a good refresher for me especially with updated information such as how I lost a planet (Pluto)! I like how you categorized the app in the major sections of planets, moons, dwarf planets, and the sun. It was clearly laid out for me to find the information I was looking for. As you pointed out, adding images or other animations will make the app even more engaging. You also did a great job in creating the prototype in Figma. It really helps bring the concept to life. Keep up the good work.

👏 Chief Information Officer at Union College — Emoti-Con Judge
This is clearly a topic that you are very interested in! You did such a thorough job in both your writeup about the project and the prototype. I really liked how you clearly described the challenges you were addressing and then had a very complete list of all the features in your app with nicely written short descriptions. And you spent time writing up information on all the different items in the different categories in your prototype - quite impressive! You did a great job organizing the categories. My first thought after going through your prototype was that adding images would really add to the descriptions you have written. I see that you have already thought of that in your writeup where you identified additional features to add in the future. Your thoroughness and organizational skills are great foundational skills that will help you in your future career!

👏 Principal Experience Designer at Verizon — Emoti-Con Judge
- Goal was to make space knowledge simple and fun.
- The app has solved the knowledge part. I’m a semi-space nerd, and I learned a lot about the dwarf planets and moons that I didn’t know before.
- The app was easy to use - simple login, clear navigation to content.
- Really liked the app color scheme and ability for users to change the background color palette, the palette with the black color areas felt very space-y.
- The video presentation of the project was very clear and well-spoken.
-The next steps for the project will be critical to fulfilling the goal of sparking curiosity and making it exciting and interactive - and the presentation identified how this will be done - improved visuals, videos, animations, quizzed, games, interactions.
- The focus on personalization is something that apps and features like the ones I work on also share. I commend the team for thinking ahead towards that future goal.

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