Over the past week our group sent out a survey to the entire middle school asking about whether or not they would use our app and how long they would be willing to walk out of their way. About 80% of the people who responded would be want to use are app or would be willing to try it. During the forum on Friday, our group set up many devices with our app on it so people could test out our app while still having the poster to look at. A lot of people came up to our table and were very impressed and would be willing to use our app in the future although it was only a prototype. Also people gave us some good feedback that we can take into account and use in the future. Our whole group thinks that the forum overall went really well.
This week we have been trying to finish up our app and we have started our PowerPoint poster that we have to make. We also have created a splash screen for our app and it will show up right when you start loading into our app. We also finished mapping out a lot of the destination to show the way that google maps would take them compared to the way that we would take them. We created a survey that will be sent out to our whole school so that we can get some data about our app and if they would use our app.We finished getting the format that we wanted for our poster and now we are just writing down the paragraphs that will be in each section of our poster. After we get the data from the survey we will be able to put it on our poster and then with a few more pictures our poster will be done.
This week we have made great progress. We met with the head programmer at Windward, Jim Bologna and we starting using AppShed a website to make apps for the IPhone. We have already created an About page, Search page, and Maps page. We are starting to show on the maps how our route is different from Google Maps. We are starting by showing our path from Abbot Kinney Boulevard to the Venice Boulevard. In order for us to measure our impact on the community we created a survey for people to take before using the app by shaking the screen. We will be able to see how much these people walked before using the app and how much they walk using our app. If our interviews are right than hopefully people will walk more using our app because we will take them through a nicer, safer, and more interesting route.
We are starting to work on our app using a program recommended called Appshead. This past weekend Sammy went to Venice and took pictures that we could upload to our website and so we could get a better feel for the kinds of places we would want people to walk near while in Venice. We decided to name our app Walk’n after discussing this with our whole group. This process took us a long time but we finally came to our decision. We contacted the head of programming here at Windward, Jim Bologna, and we have set up a meeting to start making our app become a reality. We also have worked on making our app icon which is hard because it seems to mostly be pixelated so we are trying to use a site. Our group works very well together and we are making good progress.
Our group decided to focus our CBL project on the topic of Sustainable Cities and Communities. We did research and found out that this topic is a huge problem in Los Angeles and it was unique to us. After long deliberation, our group decided to focus on making our city more walkable. After more research and interviews we found out that people are more willing to walk if it is through a scenic place such as a park or a cool building.
We are three students trying to make a difference for our community.