Monday, October 20, 2014

Chart Scenario 1 Desktop

Here are the screens for the first scenario, our user logging on and having a conference call with her doctor before going into the office to see him

Monday, October 13, 2014

Design Directions-Desktop

Here we decided on a design direction and then I flushed out 5 possible ways that our design could interact once our person clicked on the section they wanted go to on the menu within their profile

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

VA: Progress

Progress Till this Point:
We have met with a guy named Tyler Baker who runs the after school programs at Operation Breakthrough. After meeting with him we found out that he is excited about our ideas, and is willing to work with us. We have decided to do art related projects for a 3rd grade class that is in Operation Breakthrough. We have emailed him regarding the number of children we are going to be work with. We are hoping for a actual number here pretty soon. We also talked to Tyler Baker about connecting us with an Art Therapist so we can better understand the type art projects, that could benefit the kids we are working with.

We have had multiple ideas for this project. Here are a few:

Initial Idea #1 
We thought about creating 3 projects. One was for the student to draw her/himself in the future. (career related). Another part of this project was for them to list out goals that they would like to achieve in the future. The last part of this project was to provide the kids with disposable cameras, and have them take pictures of what makes them happy. After having the students finish these projects we wanted to scan them in, and place the images into a poster template. We thought that these posters could be printed on 11×17. The final idea was to either pass these out to the students when we were done, or give them to Operation Breakthrough so that they could hand them to the students when they leave OB after they start 6th grade.

Initial Idea #2
Our second idea was to create 3 projects like the one in the last idea and hold a gallery show for the kids. We would design the invites, flyers, and gallery name cards. We had the idea that for the people to get into the show they would have to donate a art supply. After the show we would show the kids all the art supplies and let each choose 2 things that they would want to take home. The rest would be used in the classes at OB. This would give the kids a feeling of accomplishment, and self worth it is also something they could feel proud of.

Moving Forward 
After speaking to our teacher we have decided to create lesson plans, to give to the teachers at OB. Each project will help accomplish an objective. These objectives could range from self worth, future goals, things that could help them stay positive with all the negatives that have been going on in their lives. We think that this could become a lot clearer to us once we speak to the art therapist.

We also want to create books for each student to take home that contains projects that they can do once the art classes are over. Stuff that can keep them busy, and creating more things.

Here Is Some of Our Inspiration 

Monday, September 15, 2014

VA: After school programs

How can after school programs help increase academic performance in students living in poverty?

Within this problem, there are other underlying or subcategories with children being left alone including: accidents and injuries, behavioral problems and lower academic achievement. 

Today we are meeting with Operation Breakthrough to ask them questions about their organization and what they do to help kids. We know some basic information from their website. Their mission statement: The mission of Operation Breakthrough is to help children who are living in poverty develop to their fullest potential by providing them a safe, loving and educational environment. Operation Breakthrough also strives to support and empower the children’s families through advocacy, referral services and emergency aid.

They provide:

Educational Programs

Early Childhood Education Program

Before and After School Program

Summer Enrichment Program


Literacy Program

Violence Prevention

Pediatric Health

USDA-Approved Meal Program

Children’s Mercy Clinic


Dental Clinic

Speech and Language Therapy


Occupational and Physical Therapy

Parent Programming

Family Nurturing Program

Adult Therapy

Emergency Aid to Families


Helen Gragg Adult Clinic

Women Infants and Children (WIC)

- What are some challenges you are facing within your organization?

- Are there any upcoming events, that we could help you with?

- Is there any other organizations in the area that you know of that offers after school programs?

- What kind of things do you offer in your after school programs?

- Do you see an improvement in children when being enrolled in the after school program?

- What type of lesson plans do you have for children that are attending the after school program? Is there one?

- Do the students/children respond well to these programs?

- On your website you list some programs, are these programs separate or are they intertwined.

- Do people apply to be in your after school program?

- Do you feel that the parents of these children think after school programs will help benefit their children?

- Why do you only have after school programs till the age of 13? Have you thought about increasing this age?

- How do you get most of your funding?

- Where do most of the children you help come from within the city?


77.3% school age children's mothers are in the labor force

15.1 million children in the U.S. take care of themselves between the time they get home and when their parents come home

26% of families would be likely to use after school programs if they could

Between the ages of 10-12 the amount of children spending time to care for themselves doubles from 23% to 44%

African american and hispanic need for after school programs is very high

Children with enrichment are more likely to do better in school

67% of parents believe that there are not enough after school programs to meet the needs of their community

9 out of 10 voters agree that children need organized activities, 52% of voters said they would be willing to increase their own state taxes by $100 annually to pay for every child to attend an after school program

12,000 children in Missouri drop out of school

At present, low-income Missouri parents are declining raises and promotions because even the most modest pay increases put them over-income for any type of childcare assistance.

Missouri currently ranks 49th in the nation for childcare assistance eligibility.