Sprout

AI Teacher's Aid


Roles

Branding
Logo Design
Creative Direction
Motion Graphics
UX Design
Illustration

Problem

Teachers are quitting the profession due to a lack of support, unmanageable class sizes, and out of pocket classroom expenses. Address the need in the market for an affordable robotic educational tool.

Partner
Concept

Sprout is the teacher’s aid you’ve always wanted— a powerful resource in the palm of your hand. Sprout encourages classroom participation through hands-on activities, provides individualized attention through voice and touch, and most importantly— is engaging, easy, and fun for grades K-5.

Solution

Sprout is a digital tool for the classroom consisting of two parts. A virtual assistant lives on each student’s desk providing individualized support through its conversational interface. The teacher manages the Sprout application controlling the devices, tracking student progress, planning their curriculum, and connecting them to an educational network.

Sprout consists of an in-class CUI (conversational user interface) device that comes in three physical parts: The hub station where all the individual devices are docked and charged, the individual sprouts that have interactive features, and the individual sprout docking stations that live on each student’s desk. All of these devices are controlled via bluetooth to the parent Sprout app, which is a desktop and mobile digital platform that the teacher controls.

Unlike tablets and computers, Sprout doesn’t require students’ undivided attention. Sprout responds to voice and touch, and makes learning engaging and exciting while supporting students without being a distraction. Sprout caters to each student’s unique learning style, tracks their progress, and instantly generates reports for teachers in the companion app.


Intelligent

Evolving
Instructional

Innovative

Intuitive
Effortless

Collaborative

Engaging
Supportive

Exciting

Motivational
Rewarding




33% of teachers leave the profession in the first 5 years due to lack of resources and support.

70% of teachers believe their students would benefit from AI learning tools.



Process

Xio and I began with research and interviews of elementary school teachers. We then moved into a whiteboard session to develop the app and isolate the problem we intended to solve: develop a virtual teacher’s assistant and app for the classroom that equips users with a powerful resource to improve both the learning and teaching experience. I developed a design system with assets that would be easy to replicate and an engaging color palette. We worked together to create a script and storyboard, while I focused on illustrations and Xio worked on icons and the heavy UX of Sprout. I edited and recorded the script to sync with our animations, focusing on the classroom animation while Xio animated the app interface. We organized sharing information with our Adobe library of assets along with a shared Google drive. Moving forward, we would like to grow the extensions of Sprout like a bluetooth earpiece to pair with each students desktop unit and take our product back to teachers to conduct further research and move into the next round of development.

Concept Illustrations by Xio Lugo

Reflection + Moving Forward

Sprout was a great collaborative practice in developing a design system to make creating content easier to do independently. It granted the opportunity to research similar existing products and find the strengths and weaknesses of each. This was a good project to practice designing for the entirety of a product’s development, from research and concepting to branding to UX/UI and finally, to customer-facing product promotion.