Tangible coding board: a stepping stone to computing and fabrication for children

Erika Root, Swamy Ananthanarayan, Wilko Heuten, Susanne Boll

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Computational thinking is increasingly important in today’s world and teaching children this skill is important for their future. Teaching children programming is one way to develop computational thinking skills. HCI researchers have already explored different construction kits for teaching programming to different age groups. But, there is a trade-off between functionality and easy of use for newcomers. In this paper, we present the design of a Tangible Coding Board for children between the ages of 10 to 12 years which could help children to get into fabrication and minimal programming. With our toolkit, children can potentially program sensors and actuators in a tangible way to make their own interactive designs and fabricate personally meaningful artifacts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMensch und Computer 2017, MuC 2017 - Workshopband - Human and Computer 2017, MuC 2017 - Workshop Proceedings
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventMensch und Computer 2017 - Regensburg, Germany
Duration: 10 Sept 201713 Sept 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Informatics (LNI), Proceedings - Series of the Gesellschaft fur Informatik (GI)
ISSN (Print)1617-5468


ConferenceMensch und Computer 2017
Abbreviated titleMUC 2017

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