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

Motivation

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.

Goal

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.

Technologies

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

Scientific Director

Publications
Grasping Algorithms – Exploring Toys that Teach Computational Thinking

Erika Root, Maren Steinkamp, Beatrice Coldewey, Christin Poloczek, Frederik Scharnowski, Marlon Willms, Mark Kettner, Marion Koelle, Swamy Ananthanarayan; MUM 2017, November 26–29, 2017, Stuttgart, Germany; 0November / 2017

Partners
Universität Bremen, Kognitive Neuroinformatik
www.cognitive-neuroinformatics.com/de
Universität Bremen, Institute for Artificial Intelligence
ai.uni-bremen.de
dimeb - Digitale Medien in der Bildung
www.dimeb.de
HAW Hamburg, Department Informatik
www.haw-hamburg.de/department-informatik.html
DFKI GmbH Bremen
www.dfki.de
Carl von Ossietzky Universität, Department für Informatik, Abt. Didaktik der Informatik
www.uni-oldenburg.de/ddi
SMILE

Duration

Start: 31.03.2017
End: 30.03.2020

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Founding Source

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