Smart Environments as motivating learning environments for an increasing number of female computer scientists


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The goal of SMILE is to sustainably increase the proportion of women taking up studies in computer sciences as well as to reduce of their dropout rates in order to sustainably increase the number of female computer science graduates. The approach is based on building up a positive image of computer science, especially for female scholars. By means of the highly modern and innovative subject of intelligent environments and a didactic concept adapted to them, the embedding of computer science methods as part of assistive technologies for humans is intended to ease the access to computer science topics and to promote them continuously.

Duration: Apr 1, 2017 - Apr 30, 2020
Partners: Cognitive Neuroinformatics, Fachbereich 3 Informatik/Mathematik, Universität Bremen
Digitale Medien in der Bildung (dimeb), Fachbereich 3 Informatik/Mathematik, Universität Bremen
Fakultät Technik und Informatik, Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg (HAW),
Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IAI), Fachbereich 3 Informatik/Mathematik, Universität Bremen
OFFIS – Institut für Informatik
Didaktik der Informatik (DDI), Department für Informatik, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Research area: Ambient Assisted Living  
Grant number: 01FP1613

Despite good income opportunitys for long-term, secure future prospects, the proportion of women in computer science courses is with about 20 percent in Germany still very low. The joint project SMILE, launched by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for a term of three years in May 2017, aims to demonstrate these opportunities, and thus inspire women to work in the computer science. Schoolgirls from the fifth grade up to the Abitur are to be approached at an early stage by laboratory events, lectures and free workshop offers and shall be won for the IT. The research area Cyber-Physical Systems of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) provides the Bremen Ambient Assisted Living Lab (BAALL) as a teaching and experimentation environment. Firstly, within these learning environments provided by the Smart Environment department, problems will be loosely addressed and developed technologies shall be presented and explained. The necessary skills to be able to work out even informatics-technical the schoolgirls acquire in the course of the learning program. In addition to parents and teachers, women from computer science professions are also involved, who serve as models and contact with computer science professions.

last updated 04/08/2017
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