The Design and Development of a Children’s Astrobiology Education Mobile Application using the Android Development Platform
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Technology has become an integral aspect of the educational environment and student learning experience. The rapid rise of mobile technology has dramatically changed the landscape of the educational world, where notes being taken using paper and pen has begun moving towards more digital means. A pupil’s smartphone has become an extension of their cognition, allowing access to boundless amounts of information literally at their fingertips. Mobile applications are commonly being used to enhance the learning experience of children and engage them on a more interactive level, with educational applications being developed for all manners of subjects. Astronomy is a subject that has benefited from the exposure and the interactive nature of mobile applications, with numerous applications focusing on the countless areas of astronomy, from the solar system and beyond, to the view of the night sky and the constellations. The audiences of these applications are also broad, with applications having been produced for both children and adults, amateurs and professionals. An area of Astronomy that has received very little coverage within Mobile Applications is Astrobiology, a swiftly advancing subject which focuses on the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. There is a gap in the market for an Astrobiology application on both the Android and IOS app stores and it is a subject that children are rarely exposed to. To create a fascinating and interactive application which focuses on the subject of Astrobiology, the Drake equation will be a focal point of the application. The Drake equation is a way to estimate the possible number of active, communicative extraterrestrial civilisations in our galaxy. This will be an excellent way to introduce children to a subject they possibly haven’t been exposed too, and also grip their imagination, providing both enjoyable and informative opportunities.
BSc Hons Software Engineering
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