These facts might be weird, but they are all true! Unofficially from National Geographic's Weird but True facts, find out things you never knew!

What it does

Weird but true is a voice interactive experience to help kids explore the world and the creatures in it through facts.


This app is aimed for kids of ages 6 through 13 who want to explore the world through facts about topics they love. We originally wanted to beta test this with local elementary schools (to introduce kids in lower income neighborhoods to new technology and to engage them in learning with fun facts). After we beta tested it, we wanted to contact National Geographic to see if we could make it go from being "Unofficial Nat Geo" to official.

Sample Utterances

Invocation: alexa, open weird but true what is a weird but true fact tell me a fact another fact next fact what is a weird but true animal fact i want to know about geography tell me about anatomy give me a fact about star wars and the Admin Application

Sample Utterance Categories

fun, ability, earth, money, animal, food, senses, sports, star wars, snacks, ocean animals, bugs, astronomy, inventions, odd, heart, mammal, geography, and more!

How we built it

Using the Amazon Alexa SDK and Node.js.

Challenges we ran into

Accomplishments that we're proud of

What we learned

  • How to create and publish an Alexa skill using Amazon Web Services and Alexa SDK
  • How to create a RESTful API that will be consumed by multiple applications
  • How to apply design and development principles from the SCRUM methodology

What's next for Unofficial National Geographic's Weird but True Facts

  • Trivia games
  • Refining the web app

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