Our website, Astronomical Learning, is a site that is based around the goal of educating minds about all topics space related. Our primary target audience is a younger audience, between 11-17 years old approximately. Our content and design choices are designed towards a younger audience; however, we’ve also attempted to create a family friendly atmosphere that can be enjoyed by all ages. We have created a suite of administrator tools that aid in the maintenance of the family friendly atmosphere as well. Our website primarily consists of image driven and interactive pages that also double to deliver all sorts of information to the inquiring minds Our website contains information on topics ranging from space travel through NASA and SpaceX, different features of our solar system, to space as an infinite expanse. Visitors that wish to register an account will find themselves with access to additional features such as being able to post their own thoughts to the website via comments. Registered users will also gain points for completing different activities across the website to level up their personal badge. Providing both a fun and educational product has proved to be an interesting challenge, but through uses of vibrant and captivating imagery and plenty of user interactivity with the website, we believe that we have struck a fine balance. We have pleasant pictures and animations that should aid in captivating our younger audiences and help to hold their interest. On top of this, we also have features designed to stimulate and test learning. We have two types of quizzes, the first of which is simple single quiz questions that appear near the content on the appropriate page. Alongside this, we have a more standard quiz where visitors can flex their knowledge. We at MJR Software Solutions believe that through our tireless efforts of product research and product delivery, that we have created something which can truly captivate the minds of younger audiences and inspire them to thirst for the knowledge that we happily provide.
Mauricio, Joshua Jacob; Lochbaum, Robert; and Hibner, Matthew, "Astronomical Learning" (2020). Academic Excellence Showcase Proceedings. 193.
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