Maker Cards: Evaluating design cards for teaching physical computing to middle-school girls

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Erika Root, Wilko Heuten, Susanne Boll
MuC'19 Proceedings of Mensch und Computer 2019
The maker movement holds strong promise for enabling children to participate in empowering learning experiences through technology use. Many researchers have identified different educational approaches to address making for children. Furthermore, there are educational approaches on how to teach beginners to program. However, these approaches require strong supervision from experts, or the children are taught step-by-step how to solve certain tasks, that limit the children in their expressiveness with own ideas. Therefore, we designed Maker Cards as a card-based approach, exemplary with the newly up-come physical computation device Calliope, to give the children first instructions for the hardware and software they are dealing with, that help them to make own meaningful artifacts. We evaluated Maker Cards with 54 girls (aged 10 - 14) in several workshops. Our evaluation shows that Maker Cards were valuable and helpful for the participants to getting started to implement their own ideas because they were able to find the sensors, connect the external sensors and actuators as well as use the program examples as reference. Furthermore, it covers common question, thus they could work a lot independently. However, it was not clear to the participants how to combine the cards, when they want to use another actuator then in the given sensor example.
September / 2019
inproceedings
493-497
SMILE
Smart Environments als Kontext motivierender Lernangebote für Mädchen für einen wachsenden Anteil von Informatikerinnen durch Einbezug von Lehrkräften und Eltern
Hamburg, Germany — September 08 - 11, 2019