As part of the celebrations held across the continent this past April 21st, ANS served as the venue for celebrating Innovation Day 2015. Inventors Andrea Cuadra (ANS Alumni ’09) and Sam Yang, inventors and creators of Crazy Machine, along with Mario Alemán, President of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in Nicaragua, led a fun afternoon of activities in order to develop an educational game that would keep young children from engaging in child labor.
Participants were organized in groups and were each given a series of tasks following the Design Thinking process. This process, which has five parts: to empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test, was the key element in allowing the students to create an appropriate game for the specific challenge.
According to Crazy Machine inventors, “We used fictitious personas created by UNICEF based on an extensive user-research performed in the RACS region of Nicaragua. The stories of UNICEF’s personas served as great tools to deeply understand the child labor problem in the region. With this information in mind (and heart), each group worked to create educational games that school teachers could use to teach academic content that is immediately applicable at work.”
ANS was proud to serve as the venue for this event. Attendees included ANS High School students and students from local universities, who worked in groups in order to generate solutions to this social issue.
A big thank you to Crazy Machine and IEE for the inviting ANS to participate in this great event!
Below please find a short video of this great event: