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Creators: Alec, Ashton, Ibrahim, Riaz, Shea
High School Students from J.H.S. 217 Robert A. Van Wyck
Type of Project:
  • UX/UI Design,
  • Other
Themes of Project:
  • Education/Schools

About this Project:

The challenge our app defeats is overcrowding in school hallways, and becoming tardy because of it. This is a big problem in our community because where the 6th graders are housed, the hallways are tighter than the main building, causing major hall congestion, eventually leading to students being late. So, we came up with a solution. You-PASS is an app where students can request a late-pass from teachers in the building for many reasons, the main one being hallway congestion. Our app has a few other features that are equally as important such as: Crowded Percentage : This tells you how crowded the hallway is, and if it’s safe or even useful to leave the classroom. Expired passes : This allows students, teachers, and even parents to reflect on how many times they needed a pass, causing them to brainstorm ideas on how to use passes less.
Creating this app was a long, and thoughtful process. Here are the steps we took in creating You-PASS:
Interview people in the community & thinking about our past experiences as students.
Decide on an issue in the community and create a rough outline of the app and its purpose.
Create multiple and different types of wireframes.
Add other features based off peer feedback.
Make sure students can’t exploit the app / look for flaws
Create a logo.
If we had the opportunity to make You-PASS a reality in schools, we would start by installing motion-sensing cameras to detect how crowded the halls are at a given time. Then, we would be contacting teachers at our school who specialize in Computer Science to teach us how to code. Lastly, we would send a message out to students, teachers, and parents informing them off the new app and how to use i

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In the photo provided above, you will see You-PASS’s logo. We made the logo blue because it symbolizes intelligence and imagination, which is what we work towards. The check mark symbolizes that something is correct and has been dealt with. The Youtube link I shared takes you to a short video explaining what You-PASS is all about. It also showcases images of various things from our app. The Canva link takes you to a magazine all about You-PASS. The pages are featured in the YouTube video, but you can read at your own pace here.

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👏 Director, Data Engineering at SiriusXM — Emoti-Con Judge
I wish this existed back when I was in high school--that walk from Math to Spanish was always a tough one.

I love that you chose to focus on a problem that affects you and your classmates so directly; that means you know the issue inside and out and are invested in solving it.

I'd think about ways of communicating the app's value and functionality a little more succinctly in your slides, but given how much it does, I know that can be tough.

Excited to see where you go with this one. It seems like there's lots of opportunities to build on top of what you've outlined, for example, by using traffic info to give students alternate routes or by automating the generation of hall passes in special circumstances. Lots of potential.

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