We are just back from presenting GRACE at GROUP 2018 in Sanibel Island (Florida)! GROUP is a premier venue for research on work in social science, computer science, engineering, and design. This year GRACE was accepted as an interactive installation at the conference. The accompanying paper is included in the conference proceedings, check our paper at the ACM Digital Library. At the conference, the participants created origami bugs where they wrote their opinions on opportunities and challenges for facilitating inclusion in computer science. Then, they interacted with GRACE using their mobile phones and discussing with other participants. Stay tuned for an upcoming video showing participants’ opinions!
In December, we have been in Trento (Italy) to present some of the activities and events organised as part of FemTech.dk at the 2nd Winter School on Education as a Common Good. This winter school was co-organised by the universities of Trento, Bolzano and Innsbruck brought architecture, design and HCI students together. For three days, the students worked on projects seeking to design educational commons. The activities and insights that we are developing as part of FemTech.dk served as a source of inspiration to the students.
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:
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.
On 9 September 1947, computer scientist Grace Murray Hopper recorded the first computer bug in her log book, as she worked on the Harvard Mark II. During Copenhagen Maker 2017, FemTech.dk will celebrate the 70th anniversary of this “first actual case of bug being found” through a fun, inclusive, and educational installation.The installation consists of a large image of an old electromechanical computer and physical origami bugs, which can be removed using a mobile game. This installation will be co-created by people participating in Copenhagen Maker Fair, who will be invited to create origami bugs and enhance these with actuators controlled by a microcontroller.
Copenhagen Maker Faire
Copenhagen Maker is the largest maker fair in Copenhagen. This year, the fair will be held on 8-10 September 2017 in Carlsberg Byen. It’s organised in the context of the Techfestival, where more than 15000 people are invited to explore and discuss the impact of technology on our lives. FemTech.dk’s participation is grounded on the stance that the future of technology development entails creating opportunities to bring different experiences, skills, and perspectives together.
Frederikke og Aroosa fra Albertslund Gymnasium var begejstrede for at være med på en FemTech workshop arrangeret af Pernille Bjørn fra DIKU. Pigerne programmerede en ‘venlig’ bamse, der i nogle tilfælde kan give en ekstra time på øjet om morgenen.
Vestegnen – 12. maj 2017 kl. 14:16 Af Peter Erlitz: Vestegen Avis