💡 Inspiration + 🤔 What it does
Traditional school homework isn’t exciting. A piece of paper, inked with incomprehensible words, marked with hours of work spent, only to be lost to the turn-in bin– that is what traditional school homework is. According to a middle school student, “Homework is stressful, a single number can throw off the course of your life.” This can lead to no incentive to do homework. Homework Game aims to rectify these issues, combining the games that people all love with homework, to make a fun game about homework.
🔨 How we built it
The first day of the hackathon was devoted to brainstorming ideas. There were ideas ranging from incredibly complex and unachievable (at our coding level and time limit) artificial intelligence, cliché ideas, and ideas that were already commonplace. After much tedious brainstorming, we settled on the idea of making homework fun. This eventually evolved into Homework Game.
😥 Challenges we ran into
One major challenge was brainstorming plausible and achievable yet unique ideas. This would set us back a lot as time that could have been spent coding was spent brainstorming. Another major challenge that lowered our productivity was the wide variety of skill sets in our team. Since our team’s skill set was so spread out, we found that we weren’t really working together coding. The team not working together can also be blamed for the communication problems our team faced. Since we all had different schedules, there were rarely times when the whole team was online. Thus, it was quite hard to collaborate, which hindered some of our progress.
😎 Accomplishments that we're proud of
We’re proud of being able to use our different skill sets to our advantage. Since we had a wide skill set, we found it hard to collaborate, and thus our productivity declined. Furthermore, we’re really happy that we managed to develop a working yet elegant design in the limited time we had.
📚 What we learned
🌇 What's next for Homework Game
There awaits so much more for Homework Game, but there are limitations to how much we can get done in three days. Features that we would love to add to Homework Game in the future include:
- A game profile
- Minigames to incentivize
- More gift shop items
- Add classes for better organization
- A login system
- The ability to view finished assignments.
- The ability for students to report mistakes
- The ability to delete my assignments as it may clog up space.