BitSpace is a Chicago-based organization that hosts day camps for kids; teaching them how to use hand tools, power tools, electronics, robotics, 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC milling machines, computer modeling and design software, computer game development software, virtual reality, and new media to design and build just about anything. Their goal is to inspire and guide the next generation of inventors, entrepreneurs, and problem solvers. BitSpace had an existing website, but it was not fully functional and did not cater to different types of user groups (parents vs. educators). It was a bit confusing to navigate through and needed an upgrade. Bit Space was also looking to eventually build their workshops into actual curriculum to be used by area schools.
We worked directly with BitSpace's team to form a multi-phased game plan. Phase I included the rebuild of the existing website with various sections that catered to specific user groups. The "Camps" section features things like registration, class schedules, and other related information. The "Education" side touches on curriculum information for integration into school plans - basically an informative area for Educators and Decision Makers. Our Development team implemented Gutenberg, a newly released WordPress editor that makes managing your website more efficient and user-friendly. The website also has eCommerce capabilities for those who choose to pay online.
The Curriculum Portal was the second phase of our project with BitSpace. This portal is a full curriculum-based resource that has the ability to integrate into the Chicago area school system. Students are taught how to use tools ranging from electronics to power tools to virtual reality software, and also teaches them how to use/implement those tools into actual projects. To ensure an optimal user experience for both students and teachers, projects can be sorted and filtered through an advanced search system. Each project includes step-by-step instructions, safety tips, and video tutorials. Finally, teachers have the ability to turn on "Teacher Only" notes to help guide students through the lesson plans. BitSpace is currently working to showcase this portal to area school systems.
Webfitters is very excited about our partnership with BitSpace and looking forward to continuing to grow their online experience. If you would like to learn more about this project or how Webfitters can help your organization improve your online presence, drop us a line below!