One fateful afternoon, two students entered every student's favorite yellow bus. Their classmates and themselves were challenged to create an app for their local nature preserve. They drove to their destination, Kaweah Oaks Preserve. They experienced the wonders a preserve has to offer, but they knew they can make it better. With their imagination and tech, they created... The Kaweah Oaks Preserve App (KOP App).

What it does

(Make sure your android device has a barcode scanner already installed)

"QR Game"
  • QR Scanner

  • Scans Custom QR codes (spread throughout the preserve for a scavenger hunt experience!)

  • Fun Facts with complementary Images

"Lets Walk!"
  • Pedometer

  • Map of the Preserve (option to open in Google Maps©)

  • Information about trails

  • Photo Gallery of the Preserve

  • Feedback option (send feedback to the preserve)

  • Website option (open the preserve's website)

How we built it

With our imagination, some tech, and MIT App Inventor (and some coffee), we created this app for our local preserve.

Challenges we ran into

  • Programming the QR scanner to properly pull up a fun fact with corresponding image
  • Making the Pedometer count correctly
  • Creating the preview video

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We are proud to...

  • provide our local preserve an app
  • we created one of our first apps.
  • how our UI came out (very simple and complementary)
  • hopefully win this competition?

What we learned

We learned how to develop an app, time management, how to use MIT App Inventor, and what makes a good UI. To clarify on the last statement, we put heavy emphasis on the simplicity and color choices because we believe that that's what makes an app (or most things behind a screen) more enjoyable.

What's next for KOP App

Although this app was originally a class assignment, it evolved to so much more. We plan to apply much more features and properties to this app, such as more gaming experience or improve our UI.

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