CSE498, Collaborative Design, Spring 2022
Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

Malleable Minds is an emerging startup building the world's most extensive collection of PreK-12 programs, from the arts to the sciences, so students can further develop academic, interpersonal, and communication skills. The Malleable Minds web app connects students to programs that interest them and contributes to their academic success.

However, it can be difficult for users to navigate the vast collection of programs and plan their customized education path. Displaying such a large collection of information can also lead to slowed site loading speeds.

Our Web App for Advancing PreK-12 Educational Opportunities helps users find the programs best suited for them, track their progress in-site, and improves website performance.

Better navigational features include website subject pages, such as art or science, enabling users to see all of the programs offered in categories of interest. Clicking on a program redirects users to the program page, which holds information such as the provider, location, and cost. This page also includes the program’s ratings and reviews left by users after experiencing the program.

The skill tree feature enables users to plot out how to achieve their future goals. Users can track their progress and explore future opportunities in a given subject area. Any progress made on skill development is tracked and the next steps for skill growth are clearly displayed.

Our system improves the existing application by better guiding users to find the programs that are right for them, increasing engagement and customer satisfaction.

The front end is written in React JS, and the back end is in Python. Our site also makes extensive use of Amazon Web Services. By using AWS Lambdas, the back end is serverless to improve site-wide performance.