SMILE Smart Environments as a context of motivating learning opportunities for girls for a growing proportion of female computer scientists by involving teachers and parents


The proportion of women in computer science is still low with around 20 percent in Germany. This is unfortunate because IT professions offer long-term secure future prospects with above-average earning potential.


The “SMILE” project aims to create and continuously promote access to computer science topics for young women and girls. We use the highly topical subject of smart environments, including Smart Homes, robots and their research bases, as a motivational topic. The project aims to inspire girls and young women from the 5th grade through to graduation to participate in the subject of computer science. The aim of the Interactive Systems Group at OFFIS is to develop supportive methods and hands-on toolkits to empower young women and girls to create their own interactive systems.


  • Human Centered Design
  • Internet of Things
  • Smart Home
  • Arduino Plattform
  • Blocky Programming
  • Tangible Programming

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Universität Bremen, Kognitive Neuroinformatik
Universität Bremen, Institute for Artificial Intelligence
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HAW Hamburg, Department Informatik
DFKI GmbH Bremen
Carl von Ossietzky Universität, Department für Informatik, Abt. Didaktik der Informatik


Start: 01.04.2017
End: 31.03.2020

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