We are now experiencing new times: the coronavirus, COVID-19. As a student, I found myself with many of my extracurricular events cancelled and school cancelled. Without spending time with my peers and having the motivation from my extracurriculars, I found myself getting increasingly unmotivated and sad. I noticed similar trends with others who I interacted with online. Though coronavirus poses a medical concern, another aspect of the "social distancing" concept to flatten the curve is fact that students are more or less isolated, and their mental health should be a priority.
What it does
The app is triaged into three categories: (1) Awareness—This provides a space for students to learn about what COVID-19 is, identify common symptoms, and understand the virus. (2) Mental Health—Here, students can talk to a bot to help them identify any mental problems and get suggestions on how to act given the COVID-19 restrictions.
How I built it
I first proposed the idea to some of my peers (high school students) and my family (which includes a doctor). After given their input, I built the app using MIT App Inventor. Finally, using the design process, I revised the app to suit the needs to my peers.
Challenges I ran into
One of the first challenges I ran into was using the resources appropriately. I had to learn what type of storage suited my needs best. Next, I ran into the issue of having too many screens, and I had to revise my app once again.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
I'm proud of the product of my app and the process that I used to get there. I wanted to create an app for students, so I consulted multiple bodies of students to get their input.
What I learned
I learned how to use MIT App Inventor.