Inspiration

Our inspiration for this project was the fact that discord is one of the top 19th most used social media platforms, especially by youth who are the main target of this discord bot. We saw a gap within the learning-based part of Discord and decided to make a project which tackles a big issue within our generation: finding innovative ways to interconnect education with interaction. At the crossroad of those two is our project: the good ol’ trivia game that’s been updated to serve an increasingly isolated youth.

What it does

Our discord bot offers three educational modules to help youth on discord improve educational fundamentals especially those which could be very valuable in an online environment. The first one being a typing module which allows the player to practice their typing by typing a fact which is presented on the screen. Another module is the math module which allows users to practice their multiplication, division, addition and more. The last module is the chemistry module which allows users to play an interactive game which helps them learn the different elements and or elemental symbols on the periodic table.

How we built it

We built this Discord bot using python with the discord.py library. We believed that this was the easiest and most efficient way to create this bot. ( You can find the official documentation here: link )

Challenges we ran into

There are many challenges that we ran into while making this bot. One of the big ones was being able to cooperate enough to build it…. We were all first-timers at this Hackathon so many challenges centered around communication with the team. With a diverse array of team members comes a lesser chance at uniformity.

Another challenge that we encountered was getting everyone on the same page. Due to the fact that most of us needed to learn the libraries and software that each other were using, there was a learning-gap in our development.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Some accomplishments that we are proud of include having space for greater adaptability. By having that, ideas within our group were adjusted and constantly updated. At the end of the day we have a presentable project of which we are proud of. This was the goal from the beginning and which we have achieved.

What we learned

We have learned that creating solutions to issues in a team is difficult, never mind the fact that we are all working kilometers away from each other.

What's next for Discerning

We see Discerning as the stepping stone towards creating a multitude of diverse games catered towards our primary audience: the youth on Discord. Our goal is to use Discord’s power of connecting youth to create a beneficial learning experience. We want it to be fuelled by friendly competition amongst the players and by having interesting subjects for them to master. Discerning was made to be a place for those who wish to learn and grow their knowledge in a non-traditional and effective way, and we plan on carrying out that mission further.

Note: If you would like to add our bot to your server, use this link: link

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