Mobo Fashion

 

mono led bracelet  mono scarf

Mobo Fashion Pod ran as part of Quest2Learn’s after school program.  Quest2Learn (Q2L) is a New York City Public School that is focused on the translation of the underlying form of games into a powerful pedagogical model for its 6-12th graders.

 

As Q2L’s after school program, Mobo Studio is an enrichment space designed to activate kids' curiosity about creativity, design, and mobile technologies. Mobo Studio utilizes a project-based, studio-like learning environment to inspire kids to explore new topics and hone new skills. With a focus on digital citizenship, design expertise and community engagement, Mobo Studio extends Q2L's focus on tinkering, problem-solving, designing, and inventing.

 

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Mobile Fashion Pod

I designed a mobile fashion curriculum for launch of Mobo Studio. I ran the Mobile Fashion Pod during the fall of 2009. The atmosphere of the pod was to create a professional environment. To reinforce the professional environment the following were put in place:

  • The students were referred to as “Fashion Professionals” (FP) by mentors and each other
  • At the first session, the FP drafted a code of conduct that was a series of guidelines that everyone signed.
  • Each session consulted the mentor and agreed on agenda that was written on the white board.
  • Each FP was assigned a task to ready the space for work: arranging tables, setting up sewing machines.
  • As new terms were introduced the FPs were encourage to use them as appropriate in conversation.
  • When conflict arose the FP came together as a group to devise a way to resolve the issue(s).

The Goals:

  • Participants be comfortable with technology: sewing machine, smartphones, building soft circuits
  • Learn industry terms regarding fashion and fashion industry
  • Concept, design, produce and user test products
  • Learn importance of collaboration and communication in the creative process

The Products:

  • Txt Scarf – A scarf with a pocket to store a phone or ipod so that the wearer could access the phone undetected. An added bonus is that it also served as a way to carry the phone when the user was wearing a dress without pockets.
  • Sema (QR) Code  Purse – A purse designed with an opening on one side to allow the camera lens of a phone to be accessible. This allowed user to take convert pictures or decipher sema-code posted in the environment. High tech passing notes.
  • LED bracelet – A felt bracelet that has three leds on it. The participants learn about how to control electricity in a circuit by prototyping on a breadboard. Then they build a soft circuit for the bracelet.

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Roles: Mentor and Curriculum Designer | 2009


Mobile Quest

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Mobile Quest is a week-long game design camp where 5th graders created games using smartphones. During Mobile Quest students stepped into the role of game designers: playing, analyzing and creating games for their peers to play. Campers worked with professional game designers to experience first-hand how to turn great ideas into great games using smart phones.

I was a mentor and a game designer for Mobile Quest camp. As mentor, I had the opportunity to work closely with Institute of Play staff.  I was an active participant in the development of the curriculum for the camp and designing the mobile games for the campers to play.

We designed three games as an introduction to the three types of mobile technology we wanted them to explore: GPS, Bluetooth, and QR Codes (sema code).
Each day of the week was focused around a game mechanic and a mobile technology.

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Day 1 - GPS

Campers played Mega Scrabble a mapping game that require part of the team to be on the street sending photos and while the other half stay at headquarters to receive the information and create words. We then critique the game and determine what worked, did not work and did not work. The students then worked on redesign of the game.

Day 2 – QR Codes

Campers play Silent Semacodes. Each team has one smart phone and there is a maze of random QR codes posted on the wall. The teams use their phones to decipher the code and reveal a keyword. The first team to get to the winning keyword wins the game. We then critique the game and discuss other codes and ciphers. Students experiment with creating games based around codes.

Day 3 – Blue Tooth

Campers play Blue Samurai. Each member of a team battles the person opposite them on the opposing team by a Rock-Paper-Scissors match. The team with most winners out of 3 rounds wins. The losing team must send their avatar to the winning team’s phone. We then discuss trading mechanics in games and impact of technology on game play. Using the knowledge they have learned they begin creating their own games for Games Festival.

Day 4 - Found Objects

Campers make games from found objects and continue to work on their ideas for a game for the game festival.

Day 5  – Game Festival

Students finish up their games in the morning and in afternoon present their games and everyone plays other groups games.


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Roles: Mentor, Game Designer | 2009 , 2010