22 Aug(Thu) – SMILE Smart Environments as a context of motivating learning opportunities for girls for a growing proportion of computer scientists by involving teachers and parents

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

Thursday, 22.08.2019, 01:20 – 01:50 PM
Room: MZH 1110

Language: If participants who are English-speaking (but not German-speaking) are present, the language will be English.

smile – Smart objects and environments to raise girls’ interest for computer science.

Girls and women are still underrepresented in computer science in Germany with current enrolment numbers below 20%—although the IT sector offers good job opportunities. Since May 2017, the joint project smile is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and strives for increasing the number of women in computer science.

To reach its goals, smile wants to create a positive image of computer science amongst girls. Female students (grades 5 to 13) are invited to lab tours, talks and workshops covering state-of-the-art topics such as assistance systems, smart home and intelligent environments.  

Since March 2018, research partners in Bremen, Oldenburg and Hamburg have offered workshops where girls themselves automate smart home apartments, invent smart backpacks that sense their environment, plants with a character that call for water or light, smart frames with light animations or smart cushions. 

Researchers Dr. Eva-Sophie Katterfeldt (dimeb) and Anke Königschulte (DFKI) will report on their experience and preliminary evaluation results of smile and exhibit smart objects that were created by workshops participants.