DIKU Virtual Wiki Edit-a-thon: AtariWomen

Learn to edit Wikipedia and help improve its gender balance!

Did you know that only around 15% of Wikipedia editors are women? Or that biographies on the encyclopedia tend to focus on different topics, depending on the gender of the person? Learn more in the DIKU Virtual Wiki Edit-a-thon and be part of the change!

When?

Tuesdays 10th and 17th of November 2020 – Around 17:00-20:00 – sign-up, read more and join here

Open zoom Webinar on Women in Computing

Department of Computer Science and Femtech.dk are proud to announce a free and open zoom webinar:

Women in Computing at Carnegie Mellon and Around the World

with  Dr. Carol Frieze and Dr. Jeria Quesenberry from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to present how the top Computer Science department at CMU managed to transform the gender diversity among the students on their programmes

To join follow the link and remember to register!

FemTech.dk workshops 2020: Increasing number og women high school students are interested

Fjerde omgang af FemTech workshoppen var fyldt til bristepunktet med unge kvinder fra hele landet, der gerne vil lære, hvordan de kan være med til at udvikle teknologi til gavn for samfundet. 64 kvindelig gymnasieelever har netop deltaget i workshoppen den 28.-29. januar 2020, mens resten af de 104 tilmeldte får muligheden for at prøve livet som programmør i april måned.

Upcoming FemTech.dk workshop

We are thrilled to announce that on March 14th and 15th we will hold that the second edition of our FemTech.dk workshop with high school students! We have invited 26 STX/HTX/IB high school students in the Copenhagen area. Students will create an interactive product using microcontrollers, LEDs, sensors and social media. Stay tuned for more details! In the meantime, you can check some pictures of the work in process (and of the temporary DIKU Makerspace at KUA3 where we have been working :)):

DIKU’s Teaching Day 2017

On the 24th of November, DIKU organized a teaching day in which faculty members learned and discussed teaching methods and tools. As part of this event, this year – and for the first time – Prof. Pernille Bjørn and Post-doc Maria Menendez-Blanco organised a hands-on workshop to explore the potential of microcontrollers in teaching computer science. This was done through a practical activity around a proposed topic: “microcontrollers and sorting algorithms”. Specifically, faculty members worked in groups of 3-4 people to visualize – and interact with – a sorting algorithm using microcontrollers, buttons, and actuators – and it was a lot of fun!

If you want to take a look at the slides of the activity, you can find them at:

DIKU Teaching Day slides (under CC BY 4.0 license)

 

MakerWeek’17 by DIKU at KUBNord

From the 9th to the 13th of September 2017, DIKU organised the second edition of the MakerWeek for Communication and IT Master students. The MakerWeek was hosted by KUB Nord and took place in their amazing Infosal. In the weeks before the MakerWeek, the students had been working in collaboration with different companies, such as Politiken, ISS World and Falck. These companies have identified a problem and the students are helping them addressing them through concept development and innovation methods.

The goal of this week is to develop concepts and represent possible solutions – or different ways to think about the problem- through physical prototypes. To this end, we have developed a method that brings the students through a five-day prototyping journey. In concrete, during the first two days, students learn how to 3D print (and how to create 3D models) and how to work with microcontrollers (and connect them to actuators and sensors). On the third day, they develop prototypes as exploratory devices through critical design approaches. The following day focuses on prototypes as minimum viable products, exploring prototypes from a business perspective. Finally, on the last day students explore prototypes as communication devices and create a video that summarises their concepts. During this week, students learn how to use the tools (e.g. microcontrollers, 3D printers) and, most importantly, how to leverage this knowledge to develop innovative concepts.

This was the second time that DIKU organises the MakerWeek and it has been a great success. For pictures and more information about this and last year’s MakerWeek, visit the UCPH MakerSpace FB page. We look forward to the 2018’s edition! In the meantime, stay tuned for more FemTech.dk activities on opening perspectives in computing.

Hacking an IKEA bear into an IoT product was a success

Yesterday, we had our first FemTech.dk event, where we together with 25 STX/HTX students coming from diverse backgrounds and students at 10 different high schools in the Copenhagen area, created, programmed, and hacked an IKEA bear into an IoT product which looks up individual Lectio profiles and check whether the first module today in cancelled – thus making it possible to snooze and sleep longer – something everybody wants in the morning.
It was amazing to experience the hardworking students learning about micro-controller programming, IoT, and electronic textile. Everybody was dedicated and it was fantastic to see the excitement when IT WORKED!FemTech.dk could not have been possible without the amazing collaboration with Math teachers from Hvidovre Gymnasium, Rødovre Gymnasium, Albertslund Gymnasium, Ørested Gymnasium, Rysensteen Gymnasium, Copenhagen International School, Nørre Gymnasium, Frederiksberg Gymnasium, Roskilde HTX, and TEC Ballerup – thank you for lending us your students for a day.