A couple weeks ago, I had the chance to have my daughter with me for bring-your-child-to-work day.Since I was taking the Build Your Own SAP Fiori App in the Cloud course, I thought it would be a good idea to let her go through the design thinking and prototyping phases described in Week 2. I’ll let her explain how this worked for her.


Hi!

My name is Eloïse. I am 10 years-old and in 6th grade at Carver Middle School in Miami.I really didn’t know what to expect today because I know my dad works with computers, but that’s about as far as it gets. So it was cool to start with the videos explaining Design Thinking and Prototyping. We talked a lot about that slide that explains what design is. It’s hard for me to decide what I want to do later, because I like science, and languages, and art. Well, I know I want to be a teacher but I don’t know what topic and what grade(s). The school district is really pushing for STEM classes, but if they added Art, it would give it some STEAM ;o)

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After the videos, dad said I should try to design my own application. I didn’t know what Persona to use because I never worked in a business. He said I should try to solve a problem I have. I quickly decided to build an app to track assignments and grades for middle-school students. I hate bad grades and teachers use all sorts of systems to give out their assignments. Some use the school-provided application (Dadeschools.net), so use a paper sheet they give at the beginning of the period, others use OneDrive, etc. It’s very hard and stressful to keep track and make sure I don’t forget anything, miss an assignment, and get a Z for not returning my homework.

So, we did some Design Thinking like in the videos, with post-it notes and a white board. I really liked that part.

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Then, I used the Prototyping Kit Powerpoint that was in the course to create a mock-up. Dad absolutely wanted to help with the alignments, but I did most of the work.We even had fun with the name of the French History teacher. See for yourself 🙂

Overall, it was a pretty fun day. I wish we had more time to really create a mock-up with the software, so I can show my friends and teachers how cool assignments could be. And that way, maybe I’ll be the youngest SAP Mentor ever!

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  1. Sergio Guerrero

    Julien,

    what a great article.  I think this is one of the best ones I have read. Eloise, you have a great potential in this field. I wish you luck and looking forward to you contributing in the future one day as well.

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  2. Matt Fraser

    Julien and Eloise,

    What a great idea! This is Design Thinking at its best, solving a real-world problem and making life better/easier/simpler while improving productivity.

    Cheers,

    Matt

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  3. Jelena Perfiljeva

    So cool! Science + language + art would make a great software developer one day. 😉

    My kid is only interested in the vending machines and running around the cafeteria in my office. Apparently I’m also bad at parenting. 😥

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    1. Matt Fraser

      Hey, well, mine is only interested in online gaming, chat, and doing voice-overs for anime (which, I admit, is kinda cool). But, on the STEM vs STEAM thing, when she was in middle school, her school did that: they had a STEAM initiative. I liked it.

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      1. Julien Delvat Post author

        Funny, Eloise is also doing voice-over. She just finished a series of polish cartoons that shall soon be released on Netflix. Not bad since English is her second language, right?

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    2. Julien Delvat Post author

      I remember when I used to go to my mom’s job. I had lots of fun with her rubber stamps, and paper clips. Sometimes I was even allowed to use her typewriter ;o)

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