Build-A-BugA Youth-Oriented Learning Application
Build-A-BugTM is an insect themed activity that provides a casual and fun learning environment filled with interactivity, animations, photos, user constructions, fun facts, and printable activities. This interactive environment facilitates a fun and immersive user experience through the use of animations, motion graphics, and constructive activities that allow users to assemble their own insects by dragging together various 'bug-parts' (legs, wings, heads, bodies, etc.), which are scattered about from several deconstructed insects. These insects include: Spider; June-Bug; Grass-Hopper; Moth; Butterfly; Horsefly. In addition to the constructive activities, users may also explore various slide-shows containing images for each insect type represented. For fun-learning and educational value, users are also provided options to explore and experience many "fun-facts" relating to each insect type. These "fun-facts" reveal themselves to the user upon discovery as they scroll over and click upon the different body parts of each insect.
The goals of this project are to provide a casually-based, interactive-learning environment that is easy for users of all young ages to have fun and immerse themselves within. By featuring animated graphics, vividly colored artwork, photographs, and interesting facts pertaining to the types of bugs kids commonly play with, "Build-A-Bug" brings the "outside world" familiarity of handling insects into the virtual and imaginative world of computer interaction.
The primary target audience groups for this project are:
• Youth to Young Adult
Programming and software skills used to develop this project include:
• Incorporates Actionscript and Flash-based animations to provide an interactive-learning environment.
• Utilizes custom designed graphics for animations, motion graphics, and user activities.
• Design that follows through and maintains a cohesive theme through contextual, visual, and interactive elements, all of which correlate and reinforce the concepts and goals defined by the project at hand.