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.

The GRACE App is out

The Grace installation is an Internet-of-Thing (IoT), which can be controlled by the Grace Femtech.dk app, which is available for iPhone and Android – free to download. When you play the game (squishing origami bugs in the old IBM computer), each tap on the screen will be registred in the FemTech.dk database, which then will make the GRACE installation move. Even if you are not in close proximity to the GRACE installation it still moves. The GRACE installation is currently located at KUA3 .

GRACE – an interactive installation by FemTech.dk

GRACE is an interactive Origami installation and App, created by FemTech.dk, which celebrate the 70th anniversary since the first bug was found in a computer by famous female computer scientist Grace Murray Hopper. GRACE combines history with making and technology as a way to reach and engage heterogeneous groups of people in technology design and will be introduced to the public at Copenhagen Makers Faire 2017.Concretely, the GRACE installation is a 120*240 cm representation of an old electromechanical computer with vacuum tubes. Participants then create and add physical origami bugs to the electromechanical computer, by attaching these to micro-controllers which can go online. The micro-controllers can then turn-on/off different types of actuators (servo motors and LEDs), by participants playing an online mobile game, which they download on their smart devices. 


FemTech.dk at Copenhagen Makers Fair celebrating Grace Hopper

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.

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.

DIKU invites STX/HTX students for a FemTech.dk event

At the Human-Centered Computing (HCC) section at University of Copenhagen Computer Science department (DIKU), we are researching new alternative ways to include diversity in digital technology development. We want to create new ways of engaging people from diverse backgrounds into digital technology development. We believe that initiatives such as workshops and events are able to counterbalance predominant trends, and thus contribute to diversity and inclusion in the long term.For this reason, we are organizing a one-day FemTech workshop, where 24 STX/HTX students from different schools in the Copenhagen main area are invited to participate. During this workshop participants will create an interactive product combining textile materials and digital technologies, utilizing the potentials of microcontrollers and sensors created by conductive fabric.

If you think it sounds fun to learn about technology development through digital textile materials and soft fabrics – and have no/little experience in coding and programming, then we would love to hear from you.

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