Perceptions of computer science among children after a hands-on activity: A pilot study

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Many children hold an incomplete perception of what computer science is, leading to a lack of interest in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) studies. In order to address this challenge, a workshop was developed to expose children aged 12-14 years to core concepts in programming by letting them manipulate widespread tangible embedded systems. With the help of qualitative surveys, the influence of this workshop on middle school students' perceptions of computer science were examined. The results indicate that children, especially girls, perceived the computer as a central element of computer science and not primarily as a tool. However, the proposed two-hours long workshop seems to influence the children's perceptions: They spoke about programming, electronic/electricity and creativity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2018 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference
Subtitle of host publicationEmerging Trends and Challenges of Engineering Education, EDUCON 2018
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-2957-4
Publication statusPublished - 17 Apr 2018
EventEDUCON2018 – IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference - Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Duration: 17 Apr 201820 Apr 2018

Publication series

NameIEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON
ISSN (Print)2165-9559
ISSN (Electronic)2165-9567


ConferenceEDUCON2018 – IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference
CitySanta Cruz de Tenerife
Internet address


  • CS Enrollment
  • Gender
  • Middle School Programming Education
  • Programming Children's Perceptions
  • Qualitative Analysis
  • Workshop Design


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