Today’s industries are seeking creative ways of improving career readiness. They’re witnessing more students leave high school without knowing what is next, or how to navigate college or training. Many students have access to immersive tech, and industries are invested in using it to help them navigate their career. In this Challenge, you’ll address the question:
How can high school students use cutting-edge tech (e.g., AR,VR, XR & AI) to explore and choose their best fit career and/or training path (college or technical program)?
This Challenge is open from October 2 - November 3, 2023
You're ready to CREATE a prototype of your idea. This is what you'll use to explain your brilliant idea to people -- and the judges! Follow the suggestions for the type of solution you're creating: an immersive learning technology product for underserved, underrepresented and/or disabled students OR a marketing campaign to convince teacher or administrators at your school to leverage the power of immersive technologies in one or more subject areas.
It's time to get creative and CREATE a prototype of your idea. This is what you'll use to explain your awesome solution! By the end of the Create phase, you should be able to:
Show your Design Brief
Explain how you created your prototype(s)
Share your feedback and demonstrate how you revised your prototype(s)
Be ready to create your video pitch
⏱️Time: 4-5 Hours (Week 3 of Challenge)
✏️Use the optional KNOtebook to record your ideas
💼 Mentor: Get feedback from a mentor, and others, on your prototype
🎯 Future Ready Skills: Problem-Solving, Collaboration
In this phase, you'll create a concept for a new or improved product. Perhaps an app? A game? An everyday item?
Consider what makes a product great. Explore the Five Levels of the Product Pyramid to understand some of the characteristics.
Before you start designing, it's helpful to do a bit of planning. A Design Brief helps you know where you’re headed. See what you need to know about your product.
Prototyping is a process of developing a new product through the physical representation of an idea. Prototypes come in all sizes and shapes, and the type of prototype you create will depend on what you’re trying to learn about your idea and what stage you are in of the process.
With a general plan in hand, you’re ready to make your ideas tangible with a prototype! Designing a new product involves an iterative process, so don’t get too attached to your ideas - they may change - several times!
There are a lot of ways to prototype. Here are some you might consider.
Using your Design Brief as a guide and your selected materials, determine which part of your product you’d like to prototype first and how you’d like to prototype, then start creating! Consider using any of the following tools:
Building materials: Great for prototyping processes, infrastructures, and work flows and just fun for everyone
Recyclables: Take something apart and use the parts for your prototype or dig into your recycling bin and see what you can use.
Video: A short and scrappy video can go a long way to communicate anything
Paper, cardboard: Sketching, drawing, diagramming, building
Now that you have your first prototype, it's time to share it and get feedback so that you can improve it.
Take a look at an example of creating a testing plan to get feedback.
Consider using any of the following methods to structure and organize your feedback-gathering process.
After you get feedback, it’s time to make changes to your prototype or prototype another part of your product. Remember, the goal is not for your prototypes to be universally loved. The goal is to get as much feedback as you can to help you make your concept better. Continue to prototype, test, and iterate as much as you can, until you are satisfied with your prototype. This may be a multi-day process and is not to be rushed.
Continue to prototype, test, and iterate, as time allows and you feel happy with your final prototype.
Make sure your prototype demonstrates that your idea is:
Purposeful: Addresses the problem
Results: Will have an impact
Original: Is unique from everything that already exists or builds on something in a new way
Do you feel prepared to create your video pitch? Can you show and explain the following. If so, great for you! The hard part is over now you get to share your idea!