Skillbuilder:Problem Solving

Easy Checkout for Everyone!

Effort: 10 minutes

+10 Points


(1) $100 gift certificate


Self-checkout machines are super cool, right? They let us buy stuff without waiting in long lines. But have you noticed how some people, like an elderly family member or neighbors, might struggle to use them? Imagine redesigning self-checkouts to make them friendlier for everyone, especially the elderly. This could mean bigger buttons, helpful voice instructions, or even seats for those needing rest!

Your Task:

1. Think It Through: Imagine you’re helping an elderly family member use a self-checkout. What problems might they face? Write down or draw three things that could make self-checkouts hard for them.
2. Invent a Solution: Pick one problem you listed. Come up with a cool, simple way to fix it. Maybe you'd add a "Help Me" button that calls a store worker or create an app that lets people scan items as they shop and just check out by showing a QR code.
3. Share Your Idea: Write a quick explanation of your solution or draw a picture of your new-and-improved self-checkout. Explain how it makes checking out easier and more accessible for the elderly.

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