Yip, J., Foss, E., Guha, M. (September 2012)
For many years, researchers at the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) have partnered with children ages 7-11 in designing technology through Cooperative Inquiry. In this paper, we present two cases in which we have worked with adolescents as designers using both a modified form of Cooperative Inquiry and design-focused interview techniques. We find that adolescents can participate as design partners given modifications to Cooperative Inquiry design techniques. However, designing with adolescents can present challenges in terms of logistics, communications, relationships, and power structures.