We have been friends for a long time and one of our earliest memories was going on a hike in a nature preserve together. Years later, we had come back to the exact same location, but we had seen a drastic change. Instead of the clean park benches, there was litter everywhere. The creak was polluted along with dry grass and dead trees. That's when we realized, even if our society was progressing immensely we were leaving key factors behind- our clean environment. Through this interactive child-friendly simulator that visually helps people learn, we hoped to inform the public of the environmental issues because even a small change can contribute to the bigger picture.
About the App
"Humans vs the Environment", is an app-based simulator created by team JUPiter, that depicts the harmful effects of pollution along with the negative impact that humans cause to the environment. This app runs through a series of mini demos showcasing a cause and effect of a problem in nature along with how people can help.
How We Built It
We built it through an app developer called Android Studio and used a combination of HTML and Java. We first wrote our plan for the app, then delegated tasks. After that, we used HTML to create the User Interface and the layout of the app. Finally, Java was used for the finer details and specific functions, such as navigation throughout the app. We also used Photoshop to edit our images.
Challenges We Faced
One challenge we ran into was online communication. We had problems downloading Android Studios onto one of our teammate's laptops. Although we were struck by major obstacles we were still able to delegate the work evenly and found out ways to utilize both of our skill sets at maximum efficiency.
What We're Proud Of & What We Learned
We are proud of our final product because we believe we made a lot of progress during our coding journey since this was our first Hack-a-thon. We were able to overcome difficulties and work together even with the pressure of the deadline. We enjoyed the process of making the app.
We learned to utilize both of our skills and work as a team effectively. Along with that, we learned how to use Android Studio better and photoshop. We discovered different ways to put together code to create better functions.
Overall, we are proud of our final result. For fun, we were thinking of adding more features such as more pages about other environmental issues along with more user interactivity.