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groupChildren as Design Partners: An Introduction

Introduction

Making technology for kids without working directly with them, "is like making clothes for someone you don’t know the size of."
- Thomas

At the Human Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Maryland we believe that children should have a voice in making new technology for kids. Children's ideas need to be heard throughout the entire technology design process. Therefore, in 1998 we began a unique technology design team.  Seven children, ages seven to eleven, join with researchers from computer science, education, art, robotics, and other disciplines, twice a week. Together we have become an intergenerational, interdisciplinary design team.  The team pursues projects, writes papers and creates new technologies.

We have a chance to change technology, but more importantly we have a chance to change the life of a child. Every time a new technology enables a child to do something they never dreamed of, there are new possibilities for the future.

Dr. Allison Druin
Professor, College of Information Studies


Kids with Low-Tech Prototype

Kidsteam kids and adults designing on iPads using StoryKit.

DNT WILL GO HERE

The Kidsteam/Nickelodeon designed "Do Not Touch" Button was specifically mentioned for its "disruptive comedy and surprises" regarding the Nick App win at the 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.

Drawing

Kidsteam (anyone in green) working with the National Park Service and DC students at the White House EEOB helping design the Every Kid in a Park website.


Current Kidsteam Kids


Cianna

Emma

Kate

Michael

Mridvika

Rowan

 


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