Pro Three: First Aid Aware

First Aid aware are currently exploring opportunities to bring their training experience into primary schools to educate children from the ages of 4 to 14 on basic emergency, first aid techniques and first aid knowledge enhancement.

Following a briefing from the client, your challenge is to offer creative methods of communicating to this specific target audience. Search for possibilities within the brief where you can be innovative in your concepts, add depth to your design development and successfully deliver a potential design solution that will assist the company in achieving their objective.

To begin my research I started looking at what was already out there and being taught to children at this age. Obviously different teaching styles will depend on the age group.

My mother works in a number of different primary schools for extra curricular activities so I decided to use this to my advantage and was able to have a discussion with the principal at Mullavilly Primary School. I She gave me a better insight to what children in different age groups where learning in regards to first aid.

It is hard to fully explain first aid and safety to the age group of 4-6 so their approach in this primary school was to start introducing the children on how to stay safe and away from danger in different environments, may it be in the home or at the park. With the use of interactive whiteboards in many schools it has the potential to make this sort of learning experience fun for the children which will encourage them to take in the information that is being taught.

Between the ages of 7-9, children are now able to take in more information using different mediums. Within this age group you can now introduce the first aid concept as they are now aware of dangers and how to avoid them, now comes the time to learn what to do if something happens. As it is still quite a young age, it will only be basic first aid steps, for example learning the emergency number.

The older age group of 10-12 can expand their first aid knowledge wider, with already knowing the dangers and how to avoid them. They can now learn basic first aid training.

Below I have added what things are already out there to aid teaching children safety/first aid.

  

From what I can see, there is a lot of posters and books for teaching first aid to younger children but after speaking to the principal about this and how effective this is she said that getting the children involved in some way, be it a roleplay game or using the interactive whiteboard is always more effective when it comes to teaching. Giving them information from a book or poster is harder for them to take in.

This led me on to research if there were any games for children in this age and what environment they were played in. e.g computer, whiteboard etc.

I looked at a few different games like ‘spot the hazard’ I remember doing this in primary school but this only involved getting a worksheet whereas now there is the technology to make it more interactive and fun.

There are a number of other games also online that I found but not as many that are suitable for the younger age group.

I want to direct my attention to use of the whiteboard, this means when learning the whole class can get involved at one time instead of separately at a computer. My initial idea is to create a flash game used on the whiteboard that when one person is playing the rest of the class can watch and learn at the same time so its not only being learnt by the user.

Possible Game Ideas:

-Spot the hazard
-Jigsaw Puzzle
-Interactive Quiz
-Spot the Difference

I have created a Gantt Chart to help me keep on track of what to do to complete the project to schedule.

I’m thinking to go with an interactive game of ‘Spot the hazard’ I remember doing this when I was a child, although it was only a blank work sheet and we had to circle the dangers. But it stuck with me and I can still picture the worksheets to this day so it must be useful.

I want to create a few different images of scenarios where they may be a danger for a child, eg at home, at school, the park etc. This could then be brought into flash and made interactive.

I have looked online at different worksheets to give me an idea of what set up there usually is.

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The general areas are commonly, kitchen, living room, bathroom and kitchen. These will be places where children will be and sometimes there are dangers so it is important to teach children what a danger is and what they should be avoiding.

I started by doing a few sketches of the scenarios I wanted to use and I have added them below:

living room

kitchenbathroom

I also thought about what hazards I could add into the images for the children to choose. I looked at previous hazard worksheets that where added above to help me with this and also when speaking to the principal again I asked what would be the current dangers around the home. I have added those  sketches in below too.

hazards in living roomhazards in kitchenhazards in bathroom

 

On choosing the correct hazard the child will be informed on if it is correct, with a screen showing details on why this object could be dangerous, I did a few examples of what this would look like.

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Using the images of the rooms I brought them into photoshop in order to add colour and fix them up a bit.

bathroom

kitchen

living room

I then added in the dangers to each room so they could be used in adobe flash.

bathroom

kitchen1

living room1

Once the room images had been complete I then took them into Adobe Flash in order to create the game.

I did this by created buttons over each of the dangers so when the child clicks one they will be informed that they are correct and small detailing of why the item is dangerous will be shown, allowing them to know what to avoid if they see around the house in the future.

There are three different levels all in separate swf files and can be loaded onto the interactive white board depending on which room they want to play the game on. Below I have added a few screen shots of the development in flash.

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When doing this project, my flash knowledge was not as high as I would have liked but I overcame this by viewing different tutorials etc. Using code can be quite frustrating and often shows errors but eventually this was overcame also.

If brought into the classroom I would like to fix a few bugs before so it is up to a very high standard but due to timescale and limited knowledge on the software this was not as high a standard as I would have liked it to be.


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