Academic environments can be quite stressful, especially for BIPOC students. A study done at the Metropolitan State University by Deborah A. Eckberg looked at the potential effects of self-perception amongst POC in a classroom setting. According to Eckberg, “self-reflection and concern about how one is perceived by others may play a part in explaining these findings,” and “…students may feel more confident about their abilities when they can be more anonymous.”

We wanted to create an educational tool that increases student engagement, improves open discussion, relieves social anxiety, and alleviates negative self-perception.

What it does

Quest! is a platform for live question and answering that's quick, easy, simple, non-distracting, and non-interrupting. It was created with large lecture style classroom settings in mind in order to give students the ability to send questions to the professor during the lecture. The application currently has a homepage to input your name, email and question and previously answered questions.

How we built it

It was built using HTML, Javascript, Python, and SQL.

Challenges we ran into

Since we haven't had much experience with the technology used to build this beforehand, it did take a considerable amount of time to learn the tools.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Being our first hackathon, it was amazing to see what can be created with a little teamwork and commitment in just a day.

What we learned

If you have an idea, go for it and see how far it can take you.

What's next for Quest

Future implementations would include a data-dashboard for identifying key works (word cloud histogram) and integration of machine learning for prompt answers for common/repetitive questions.

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