The National 4-H Council in Washington D.C., enlisted Move Creative to build a web and iPad app to add interactivity to the 2013 National Youth Science Day held on Oct. 9, 2013.
GIS Mapping is the theme for Youth Science Day in 2013. Move Creative created two separate executions, one tailored toward touch controls for the iPad and one tailored to be used with a mouse on the web. As part of the curriculum, students will have eight pre-set layers with which to create a park. They are given a choice of elements to add to each layer, based on which layer is active. For example, the Man-Made Recreation layer enables the youth to add a playground, a baseball field, or a merry-go-round. The Vegetation layer only allows the adding of plants and flowers.
Both the web and iPad version start with instructions and a brief lesson on what GIS is. Once the student or student group completes their park, they are encouraged to share it with a national audience. All parks, whether from the iPad or web, get loaded into a national gallery that can be sorted by state name, park name, or name of group.
The Maps & Apps app is the latest in a string of educational-related projects Move Creative has been involved in developing. Others include the District 11 app for Alabama Cooperative Extension, Health Rocks app for the University of Nebraska and National 4-H and a to-be-released web-based curriculum project for the University of Nebraska.
Download the National Science Day App here nysdapp.4-h.org