For the first sprint at the Spring CoLAB, we were prompted with implementing food computing technologies into the classroom. Working around the Food Computer created by MIT, we were asked to design it's on-boarding experience in the education system. And so, we set out on a journey of extensive design research to understand the pain points of both teachers and students. And after six weeks...
We created POLY
Poly is an educational organization that partners with middle schools to bring interdisciplinary curriculum to life through the PolyBot, a technology that encourages exploration through the manipulation of growing environments
After conducting extensive design research by interviewing over 30 teachers and administrators and visiting both public, private, and experiential schools, we summarized five key insights:
When creating Poly, we realized a gap in our team's skill-sets – curriculum design. We reached out to friends at the Harvard Education School and found a student who helped us in designing 16 fun and interactive curriculum units for Poly.
The starter kit is an element crucial to the experience of Poly. Once a teacher chooses a curriculum unit, a Polybot will be installed in their school and they will receive their first starter kit.
Within the starter kit, there is: a teacher guide, starter manual, student data log, seeds, take-home kit, instructions, swag, and more.
The starter kit prototype in real life!
For the second sprint at the Spring CoLAB, we were tasked with creating the framework surrounding a new technology that uses spectroscopy to verify the authenticity, quality, and safety of food. With Illuminate, we're creating a world where truth needs no labels.