Help me gadget
The device helps children to write alphabetic letters and numbers correctly, neatly and smart-by developing fingers and hands muscles.
Name or Organization
Nyamira, Kenya. My idea can be implemented in any part of the world.
What is your stage of development?
Early Stage Innovator, with at least one-year experience in ECD
What is the stage of your proposal?
Research & Early Testing: I am exploring my idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.
I was just showing how I will make the prototype.
Describe how your solution could be a game-changer for your selected Opportunity Area (600 characters)
My idea is simple to use and can be used by any person in the community from the doctor to farmer, require less skills to operate to help the children to write very fast and well. Also can be entertaining children and the same time they are learning.
Select an Innovation Target
Product: A new or enhanced physical product that creates value for end beneficiaries.
Tell us more about your innovation (1500 characters)
I was teaching the young children and I realized that they have a problem in handwriting, some write the letters and numbers opposite and this take along period of time before they to know to write well,so I decided to invent the idea to help them.
What problem are you aiming to solve? (3 sentences)
1 good handwriting,to write fast, to identify alphabetic letters and numbers fast-most children do not do that.
2 don't write the alphabetic letters disorderly.
3 To learn, identify letter sounds-some children do not differentiate letter sounds and alphabetical letters.
4 To write numbers 0-10 well.
5 to write words very fast.
6 for entertainment-as game while they are learning
6 for identifying small letters and capital letters.
Explain your idea (5000 characters)
The gadget comprises the numbers and alphabetic letters arranged in orderly manner. The learner who is learning is expected to insert the writing material and tries to write and timed. The process is friendly because the more the child uses it, the more he/she develops the skills in handwriting. The gadget is like a river having boundaries for instance the child does not know how to write letter u or number 5 it will help him or her to know to write fast and the muscle developed and being practical it is understood in the brain.
Who benefits? (1500 characters)
Children because they will know how to write very fast, teachers do teach them and parents they care about their education.I do interact with parents I am teacher, they complain oh! my son does no to write well,some bring such complains. When I am in class checking exercise books of children they do write poorly.
What kind of impact will your idea have? (1500 characters)
There will be positive outcome of the idea I was given the child to teach, she did not know how to write numbers so when she writes alone she does nothing but when I hold her hand and she is holding a pencil showing her to write the number, now she does better. So that is where I invented the gadget .Also the parents always look at the handwriting of their children if they write well, they are happy if not they are sad,so parents will they be happy to buy for their children this gadget.
How does or how could your idea impact low-income children? (1500 characters)
The gadget uses dry cells for those who will not be able to use electricity, also I can design different sizes so that every child to have it, because parents will buy what they afford.
Innovation: What makes your concept innovative? (5000 characters)
The idea is unique as follows
My product can be used by caregivers meaning that the children can learn numbers and letters before he/she is introduced about them at school. The parents can also find aways to entertain the children during holidays.Teachers will have easier time to teach numbers and letters. My idea solves about six problems which are beneficial to whole learning for life time. It is also can be use as game-it involves to identify certain numbers or letters and then she/he will be awarded marks this is important because the children are learning. This is a new way I am engaging the children. The product have writing materials but of different shapes and sizes. The buyer of the product is registered and pays for the writing materials. Which will be send through the posta. So the use and the model is original.
Scale: Describe how your idea could reach a significant number of end-users. (1500 characters)
Since the device requires less skills, my customers can be parents and schools and knowing more babies are born. It will be sustainable.Also to reach my customers I will use schools to reach more parents and through media platforms and banks, the banks serve most people who are educated therefore to explain it is easier and understanding the importance.
Feasibility: Where are you with understanding the feasibility of your idea? Describe what you’ve done so far and your plans. (3000 characters)
First, I have planned to make prototype and then I will test it in my school. After that I will how much i need to launch it.
Business Viability: How viable is your business model? (5000 characters)
The product for sure solves the most problem the parents want to be solved. The children are born more so the need also to produce more also the product can be made in different sizes so people can buy the one they can afford. Also writing materials which are unique must be used together with the product and it is send after a month.
HCD: How have you used human centered design to build or refine your concept? (5000 characters)
As I teach children most of their handwriting is so poorly written even you cannot read. The first thing the parent will want to see for her/his child is whether she/he knows to write and reading. I have seen parents complain about their children writing poor handwriting. So if handwriting was not important they would not even ask about it ,so parents are serious and want their children to write well. Even you cannot read something you don't understand. In school we teach always about handwriting because they forget easily.the reason they are not used, because I discovered that even holding pencil children they are supposed to be taught how to hold a pencil when they are very young.ask yourself why achild can hold a ball easily and throws it easily but to hold a pencil gives him/her a problem,becauese she/he has not developed force controling the movementof the fingers .Another example when you injur your hand will you write, no you will not write because your mascles are now weak. Even the muscles of the children's hands are weak therefore to accelerate their capacity to write well. The hands must be given exercise and that why I am developing help me gadget.One day I was given a child to teach her on how to write numbers from 0-10 but she would write only number 1 the other numbers were challenging her. And do you know why she wrote number one easily? It is because she did not use a lot of force. The other numbers she does not because she has no power to control the fingers properly. So I decided to help her.how? She holded apencil.then i holded her hand by doing so we would write the other numbers. We did several times and I discovered that he would write the other numbers somehow good. And so I decided to make help me gadget to help children write well and also fangled that It is simple but when it come very deep-just six uses. So it will solve the problem the children undergo while in class. So It is clear that I have designed a device that will solve problems facing children, teachers because they teach them and parents because they provide for them.
Tell us more about you (3000 characters)
I like inventing as you announced the challenge I was able to ponder and I realized this works,i Love children and always i look ways to help them Also I am a teacher i know what I go through when teach.
Do you have the people and partners you need to do what you’ve described? (600 characters)
No, you and electronic engineer
As you consider your next steps, what kinds of help could you use? Is there a type of expertise that would be most helpful? (1800 characters)
I need to hear from you and direct to me any best expert and I will work with.
Would you like mentoring support?
If so, what type of mentoring support do you think you need? (1200 characters)
I want mentoring on how to launch it
Are you willing to share your email contact information submitted on OpenIDEO with Gary Community Investments?
Yes, share my contact information
Updates: How has your idea changed or evolved throughout the Prize? What updates have you made to this submission? (1500 characters)
This is the new updates my idea was just written on the paper and I had not made the prototype it was just simple sketch of how the prototype is to made you can see above.
Now I have made the prototype and I am using it to collect information from the users-that's children, I was with some children. First,when they so the prototype they eager to know about, those i told to write in the it when they finished writing I asked them whether it was interesting and they responded yes.also I asked my fellow teacher about the product she watched video clip she said they were thought in college about the concept because she is ECED teacher.