Inspired by the prompts for the social good track, we wanted to create a website to allow UNC students to find study spots on campus that meet their specific needs. We wanted to collect UNC students’ input on the most popular study spots’ accessibility (for students with physical disabilities), atmosphere (for students with unique learning styles that prefer a quieter spot), staff support (for students who need assistance finding resources), and COVID-19 precautions (for COVID-conscious or immunocompromised students). We also intended to collect data on whether or not a study spot offers certain amenities (such as gender neutral bathrooms and standing desks) that could make a student’s study experience more worthwhile. Finally, we also prioritized convenience by creating one easily accessible website with all the information students need, including a description, photo, and hours. Being able to access all of this information in one place will make students’ lives easier as well as allow those with accommodations to feel at home on campus!
What it does
Our website allows students to view and add ratings of the main three study spots on UNC’s campus: Davis Library, the Union, and the UL. Our website displays an image of the study spot, its hours, and a description of it, and it also allows students to rate the study spot based on certain categories: accessibility, atmosphere, staff support, COVID-19 precautions, and features (such as gender neutral restrooms and standing desks). Our website then displays the average of all these ratings so that students can find a study spot in the future that meets their needs.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud of working together to complete a project. Usually in our computer science classes, we do not work in a group on coding assignments. So we were looking forward to working together in a hackathon and making the most out of it. All of us individually learned more about web development. Every member of our team was experienced in different areas, so we had a lot of fun learning from each other. Even though most of our beginners, we were proud of overcoming many of our challenges and delivering a project at the end. We are also proud of finding a method to utilize local storage to store previous survey results that can then automatically update on the main page. This was definitely a challenge but we are proud of our results. We also worked hard on making the website visually appealing and even UNC themed!
What we learned
What's next for Find My Study Spot
We are excited to take “Find My Study Spot” to the next level. To provide more security, we were thinking of implementing a feature so only authorized users such as UNC students add feedback on the study spots. We could redirect to a page that lets students log on via UNC onyen single sign on. In addition, like google maps, it will show you directions for how to get from your current location to the study spot. Another feature could be adding a filter to suggest only study spots that satisfy the user’s preferences. Ideally, users would be able to drop pins on the map to suggest new study spots. In terms of back end, we would need to find a way to store large amounts of data (ratings) for long-term usage. Last but not the least, once we abstract it enough, this can be implemented across universities nationwide.