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Using different forms of communication, a pair of stuffed animal backpacks for girls ages 5-7 will reinforce the feeling of friendship between them. The forms of communication are chosen to make communication possible before, during, and after seeing your friend. Wireless communication between backpacks will allow one to see if the other is nearby. When the friends are together they can connect the backpacks so that they hold hands which will cause their hearts to light up. When parting, one can whisper in the ear of their friends backpack, leaving secret messages for their friend to listen to at a later time.
This project is a DESIGN for young girls ages 5-7
IRA - research / documentation / making circuits
LIZ - research / documentation / illustrations
SHANNON - illustrations / making circuits / construction
Week 1: Research / survey girls / finalize idea / character design
Week 2: final character design / gather materials / make wireless circuit
Week 3: patterns for backpacks / recording circuit
Week 4: 1st backpack made / heart light circuit
Week 5: 2nd backpack made / install all electronics
Week 6: fix any issues / finish documentation
Week 7: combine all documentation / publish to website and blog
Shannon interviewed 5 girls ages 6-8 to gain information to help finalize the project idea. [Caitlyn and Lisa (age 6, best friends), Angela (7), and Michelle (8)]
Made age range slightly younger (5-7)
Decided on Pandas for the animal (mainly from positive response to midterm project) Lisa had “littlest pet shop” panda toys
Wireless feature was exciting to them because they saw it as a compared it to cell phones.
Their favorite after seeing the panda purses was that they could hold hands and hearts light up.
She presses the ear of her Bestie to get Caitlyn’s attention from across the playground.
Their Besties sit next to them and hold hands.
Before Caitlyn leaves for gym class, Lisa whispers a secret into Caitlyn’s Bestie….
Lisa has a crush on Mike!
LIZs link to animal backpacks
4-Ever Best Friend dolls
one strap backpacks
Surveying the girls
Further reading on “spookies”
Character design research:
Good pandas Bad Pandas