Testing Day !
At the NY Hall of Sci – I got to test the prototype with ~17 kids of a wide age range (age 5-11)
I had help to take down all the notes, all of which is here!
Listed below is the gist of all the feedback that I received along with future feedback and solution.
Feedback summary –
- Light feedback was very very well received
- All the kids loved the trick box!
- The X-ray view of the buildings was very helpful to see what was actually going on
- The younger kids liked to see just the top layer while the older kids looked into the pages to see what is actually going on
- The word “loop” was helping them understand how the circuit works
- The LEDs and buttons were too flimsy and not easy to insert. The kids definitely commented on this, but surprisingly – it wasn’t a deal-breaker, they just took a different LED and moved on. One parent suggested using snap buttons to make it easier.
- The sockets were too small to insert into
- The words, “BOY” and “afraid” was surely a bit of a push back for some kids. The cat was my saving grace during the testing
- Everyone used the book laying it flat
- Colour code the + and –
- Change the name of the story to “House in the dark” or something along those lines. Something that makes the kid the main character in the story.
- Change the circuit components to be more like snap circuits (??) or Lego pieces
- Last page can be 3D model of his bedroom
- The last layer can be a transparent cover over the actual circuit
- The first page has all the components plugged in to start of with