Published By Oz Rubinson
Overall, my group and I had a positive CBL forum experience. It felt like the people that we talked to were engaged in our presentation and actually wanted to learn what it was about. We presented about our problem, solution, data, and next steps. We gave specific statistics relating to bird scooters that really helped get across what the problem was, and why we tried to solve it. Prior to the forum, we prepared our whole presentation. We wrote down our main talking points, and practiced it in front of many other classmates so we could get constructive criticism about our presentation. By participating in the forum, we all learned that practice makes perfect. We prepared and were ready to present, and I think that it came across to the listeners.
Published By Ella Asher
For the past week our CBL group has been collecting data about how helpful and useful our application would be. Weeks ago, even before we began developing the app, our team sent out a survey to faculty at Windward school. The survey had a description of what the app would be once it was created, and questions like, “Would you find this app helpful?” and “Do you find riding the scooters on the bike lane safer than the sidewalk?”. One question asked was, “Will you find it helpful if you had a map of all the bike lanes in LA?”. With 73 responses, 23.3% answer no, it would not be helpful. 76.7% answered yes, the app would be helpful. Knowing that majority would like this app, we settled on the idea. After working on and developing our app, we made a second survey with a final description of our finished application and asked the question, “Would you use this app?”, again we sent this to the Windward School faculty. We got 35 responses back with 77.1% saying yes, 8.6% saying no, and 14.3% saying maybe. With this new data, our CBL team was able to complete our informational poster.
Published by Misha Sharif.
Over the pace of last week, our team has came a long way. We are very near to the end of our challenged based learning journey. This week we started on crafting a poster that decibels all our steps to prevent injuries on BIRD Scooters. We have also improved on designing our app in a more effective, and user-friendly way. This was with the help of Jim Bolonia, who is the Dir. of Technology, Co-Director of CTL, Dean of Science and Technology and the Co-Dir. Windward Institute. Jim helped us develop our app in a more effective way, and also showed us how to publish the app so people can actually use it so they are safer on the roads when riding bird scooters. Now, we have made our app look more cohesive, and made the colors match our poster which is in the progress of designing on Canva. We, together in our challenged based learning group have also started preparing what to say at the CBL forum in two weeks from now. It has been a long and productive journey, and we are so close to implementing our brilliant idea out to the real world. As we are getting closer, and closer to the finish line, I can now see how much we have persevered during our CBL journey to get this far. And this is one step closer to saving West Los Angeles from BIRD Scooter injures.
Published by Ella Asher.
In the last week, our CBL team has done lots of work to begin implementing our solution for injuries on Bird Scooters. The first step of our process was deciding how we wanted the plan the application. After discussing the different ways we could design the bike route maps. Our definitive answer was to highlight all the bike lanes going from location to location on a map of Los Angeles. The map would indicate the fastest route using bike lanes to those locations. We also decided that instead of developing an app similar to “Waze” or “Google Maps”, we would connect images of the highlighted maps to the homepage of the map. Now that we had the app drawn and planned out, it was time to really begin programming the app. Our group got in contact with a faculty member at Windward school that would help us find a platform for programming applications. The start of learning how to develop an app was definitely a challenge. There were certain bugs and occasional glitches within the app creator. After learning how to overcome those challenges the process for developing this app came rather smoothly. In no time we had created many bike lane maps and uploaded those images to our app, effectively moving our group forward.
Published by Oz Rubinson.
In this past week of working, we sought out feedback from faculty members about our solution. The faculty members that we met with gave us some very valuable information that helped us revise our solution, and make it better. One of the solutions we were thinking about implementing into the community was to place lights on bird scooters so vehicles would be aware of riders during the night, but one of the faculty members knew that there were already lights on the scooters. If we hadn’t had known that bit of information, we would be trying to do something that already been done. Now knowing this information, we then decided to focus on a new, different solution.
Our new solution is to make a bike lane map of all of L.A. for bird scooter riders to use. We surveyed 20 people and 90% of them said that it would be helpful and fell more safer to have a bike lane map of L.A. to look at and follow while riding.
This solution will 100% help the public because it will significantly limit injuries. If people can have a bike lane map of L.A. while riding bird scooters, they will be able to spend the most amount of time possible in bike lanes. 19 out of the 20 people surveyed said they feel safer while riding in bike lanes. When this map is finished, we strongly believe that bird scooter injuries will be limited.
After we implement this solution into the community we will survey the people that we already surveyed before about how safe they feel while riding bird scooters, and how many injuries they have had, and see what the results are. We believe that those people will say that they feel safer and have had no injuries since being able to access a bike lane map of Los Angeles.
Published by Ella Asher.
After debating back and forth on certain problems and possible solutions, our CBL group finally landed on one specific topic to focus on. Over the last week, our group has been conducting research to find common problems regarding Bird Scooters being running into cars, pedestrians, and bicycles. Our final problem is: Bird Scooter riders are running into vehicles because the riders are not aware enough of their surroundings. After coming up with many ways to solve this problem (for example: light on the scooters to make them more noticable, and a new rule saying “no headphones” while riding), our group met with some of the faculty at Windward school to collect their opinion and comments on our solutions. With new ideas and questions from the faculty, our group ended up changing our problem slightly to fit the solution. Our new problem being: Vehicle drivers can not see Bird Scooters going at full speed while driving, causing injuries. Based off of this problem, the final solution is: an app that shows all of the roads with bike lanes in Los Angeles to the e-scooter riders, to make riding on the street much safer. Hopefully implementing this app into the everyday lives of Bird Scooter riders will make riding the scooters much safer for both the rider, and the vehicle driver.
Published by Misha Sharif.
Hello, welcome to our first blog. In this year’s Windward School Challenged Based Learning project, we are focusing on the broad topic of movement. As a narrowed down topic of movement, our group decided to focus on injuries that involve movement. We also narrowed down injuries, to injuries involving electric scooters. Specifically, we are mostly researching about bird scooters, and how they have malfunctions, and that they are hard to control. This problem of injuries that happen because of electric scooters is a very recent topic, and we are on the mission to fix this. Our group has developed many ideas throughout the weeks, by creating mind maps, researching, and also collaborating with the electric scooter companies such as Bird. One of our ideas on how to solve this problem of injuries, is that we should place a device on the electric scooters, so that every time they get close to an object, the device gives a signal to the rider. This idea is very similar to the tracking devices on cars. As we get along to implement this idea, we would like for you to follow up on our mission to save the world, from electric scooter injuries.