Platt knew he wanted to develop his coding and design skills. This project was perfect practice, with a practical outcome. KIS teaches Stanford Design Thinking, and the process guided Justin and Platt as they developed the Phoenix Store site. Both met with PTO members and school administration to ensure their product would be useful to students and families. Another concern was sustainability. KIS supports student exploration and innovation, but also encourages students to think beyond the school year, or past their graduation: who will continue what you create here?
Covid19 brings new challenges to the online Phoenix Store. The demand for online ordering is increased. Justin and Platt shifted the platform to Godo Mall to support purchases made in either US dollars or Korean won. Safe, efficient delivery of goods is a current challenge as on campus student populations shifts in response to covid19 precautions. Both Justin and Platt are confident they can work with PTO to make a smooth system.
Both Justin and Platt continue to explore the STEM field. Justin is interested in AI and has taken online courses to learn more. “Technology used to be just sci-fi movies,” he says, “But now it’s just algorithmic, programmable.” Justin considers the AI applications in medicine and is particularly curious how AI might help the brain. Platt is fascinated by biochemistry and is researching hemostatic processes. Of interest is how to coagulate blood quickly – emergency applications are available but Platt thinks common workplaces can benefit from access to the tech too. Justin and Platt see STEM as able to answer immediate needs.