From our user research, we found that 81.8% of BIPOC highschool students have struggled with career pathfinding. Today, students struggle with exploring their interests while building a competitive application for higher education. We decided to create SMART to eradicate the many barriers BIPOC and underrepresented communities face with planning their career pathways.
What it does
SMART is a pathway-planning website focused solely on BIPOC high school students in North America. Our website offers moderated forums with course planning advice, career exploration resources, and one-on-one mentorship. We also include accessibility features in Settings and a variety of mental health resources.
How we built it
The website was partly built with HTML and CSS, while the rest of the prototype was built using Figma.
What we learned
Tracy learned more prototyping features on Figma like overflow scrolling, Chantal learned how to create an effective and visually appealing slide deck on Figma, Riya learned HTML/CSS to create the home page, and Sana learned about the user research aspect of the UX design process.
Challenges we faced
One challenge was through the prototyping on Figma. We struggled to create a the layout of the forums as we wanted to have an original format that allows all the features that SMART offers to be easy to find.