A girl’s first period can be traumatizing, confusing, and shocking to experience when it happens. Oftentimes, girls have expectations or ideas about it that are not realistic. Much of this can be attributed to the stigma around talking about it. Introducing My First Period, an interactive game like application that allows young girls to learn about the realities of menstruation and resources available for them in a way that is easy to understand.

What it does

My First period is an interactive game that follows a woman’s journey through menstruation in order to better educate young girls. The purpose of this application is to raise awareness for the realities surrounding menstruation in order to help young girls prepare and have a realistic idea of what it feels like.

How I built it

This web browser game was built using Twine for front-end, which uses JavaScript, html, and CSS to create a interactive game. We used Firebase as our back-end.

Challenges I ran into

We ran into difficulties when deciding the tech stack and how to begin as none of us had experience with game design going into this. We also ran into problems when trying to connect the front end to the back end and when coming to the point in which we needed to find a third party, such as Firebase, to host our project. We found ourselves enjoying the challenge which helped us persevere and overcome it.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

We’re very satisfied with the end result and how it turned out given that none of us had any idea about the elements that went into game design at the beginning of this. We’re also very proud of the way we all came together to create a product that met all of our standards and how we were able to effectively communicate with each other.

What I learned

We learned a lot about the different components that go into designing an interactive game based application. It was an interesting process and much different than a simple web app since we needed to design visuals and think about audio choices to enhance the user experience.

What's next for My First Period

My First Period will be expanding to all mobile platforms to increase user engagement and allow for all different users to access the service. Additionally, My First Period has the potential to partner up with organizations such as Planned Parenthood to expand the services offered to young girls.

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