We are very sad that the CBL project is over but we had a great time doing it and learning about new things!
Community Forum time! We met with Jim and made some last minute fixes to our app. We presented to multiple parents, students, and faculty during the Forum and got some helpful feedback! Many parents even told us that we should contact Metro and try to sell our app to them. We are overall very proud of our hard work on the poster, app, and blog. We are happy that we finished, but very sad that it’s over.
We are almost done with our solution! We are doing the last touches to our Canva poster and we are going to meet with Jim, the head of technology, again on Tuesday to finalize the app prototype. We also received some data from our survey that really helps us! We are so happy our solution is working out and it will help people!
Our solution is finally forming! We are creating our app and our poster and they are looking great! We met with Jim Bologna, the director of technology at Windward School, to help create our app. We got a great start and some amazing advice from Jim that will help us make our app awesome! We are so excited to show off our prototype in the community forum!
We have finally decided on a solution! We figured out (with the help of Kevin Kloeker) that we can make an app that notifies riders when their bus or train will arrive. They can select the time they are riding and receive alerts for that certain route. If there are heavy rains or extremely hot days it could cause delays on the metro. Our app will give riders a specific time that their train/bus will arrive (if there is a delay). We will be getting help from a teacher at Windward to assist us in creating our app.
This week has been very productive for our group! The faculty gave us great ideas and improvements for our solution. We realized that our ideas were to big. The faculty gave us ideas to make our solution simpler. Instead of making a sprinkler system, or an app that tells people when there is a delay, the teachers advised our solution to be smaller, but more effective. One idea we were given was to give out water at metro stations, or advise people that there will most likely be a delay based on the temperature. These solutions will notify people who ride the metro, incase they take it to their job or school, that there will be delays. This will allow the people who are experiencing or will experience longer waits to plan ahead for a different way to get to their destination.
Over the past week we have decided to research the topic of how to fix the problem of delays, repairs, and any other problems that may come up due to the heat on the metro? One solution we are considering is an app that sends an alert to the people who operate the train to make sure they go slower when the weather gets extremely hot. The second solution we are considering is placing sprinklers along the train tracks so that when the tracks get hot they can cool down with water. Nobody else has thought of these ideas.
For our Challenge Based Learning project, we were all interested in the themes of climate and human movement. Since we needed to narrow down both of these topics to something much more specific, we decided on the question on how heat affects the Metro. All three of us know many adults who take the Metro to work, and also a few students who take the Metro to school. Heat can majorly affect and slow down the Metro, causing delays and making students and adults late to their jobs/school.