YALLA – Let’s Go!: An Interactive Mobile Interface for Building Community, Promoting Health, and Encouraging Self-Discipline in the K-12 School System03/11/2015
This project focuses on the importance of community, health, and self-discipline for students in the K-12 school system. The proposed system will incorporate a self defense system to be used by children in K-12 educational environments.. Utilizing mobile interfaces, the YALLA program is designed to provide a hybrid course in exercise and self-defense. The goal is to promote community building, healthy lifestyles, and self-discipline among students, faculty, staff, and parents. Krav Maga, Israel’s national martial arts program, was the target defense style researched when developing the YALLA program. Skills needed for basic threat neutralization can be achieved with careful implementation of basic maneuvers in a controlled and non-hostile environment. Secondary research was collected on Krav Maga to ascertain the importance of this national martial arts program in the Israeli culture. The student team collected various articles and video demonstrations. Once resources were gathered, the principles of Krav Maga were used as the foundation to build the model of an interactive mobile interface, Yallo. This system promotes gaming as a strategy for learning the basics of threat neutralization and self defense. Through the use of the proposed application and in-class interaction with teachers, students are awarded for high performance and skill improvement. Awards and features are unlocked through level completion verification of by teachers. Ideally, student progression would begin in Kindergarten and continue through high school. This system gives students the skills needed for the changing world around them while providing community building, promoting healthy lifestyles, and encouraging self-discipline.