Know your impact.

Amy L, Grace T, Isa J

This is an interactive app that allows people to track their impact on the environment. The app asks questions about the user's daily life and generates a Bean Score to reflect their current environmental impact. It also provides specific ways to reduce water usage, carbon emissions, and waste. After making a change, users can update their information and track how their Bean Score changes over time.

Most of us know that global climate change exists, but most of us don't know just how much it is already affecting us and destroying our world. Right now, it would take 68,000,000,000 trees to offset carbon dioxide emissions from cars and trucks. The World Health Organization estimates that between 2030 and 2050, about 250,000 people will die each year from climate change related causes. We are doomed if we continue down this path. However, what most people also don't realize is that their actions - no matter how small - can make a difference.

We built an app that helps people track their environmental impact by calculating a Bean Score based on their current lifestyle. This app also provides information on environmental issues and tips on how to reduce water usage, carbon emissions, and waste. By doing so, our app educates people and empowers them to make small changes in their daily lives. Then, people can update their information in the app to reduce their Bean Score and feel good about helping the environment.

Some of the challenges we faced while building this app included formatting and linking the pages together through the navigation bar. However, after looking at documentation from w3schools.com and experimenting around with our code, we got it to work. Another issue we encountered was figuring our how to turn our HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files into a mobile app. After doing some research online, we decided to use Adobe PhoneGap to convert our code into an app. Our biggest challenge was storing usernames and passwords into our Google Spreadsheets database. By researching online and seeking help from our instructors, we finally succeeded in saving and retrieving information from our database at the end.

"This app is amazing! I can't wait to have it on my phone." -Valerie T.

Amy, Isa, and Grace are 11th and 12th graders from the Seattle area. They met at the GWC Summer Immersion Program at Microsoft and had a blast learning how to code over the summer. Their passion for combating global climate change inspiredĀ them to create this app, and they hope to continue buildingĀ on their computer science skills in the future!

This project was made by Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program students at Microsoft (Seattle).