Pixels or plasticine: evoking curiosity to engage children with data

Wolff, Annika; Petre, Marian and van der Linden, Janet (2017). Pixels or plasticine: evoking curiosity to engage children with data. In: Designing for Curiosity workshop at CHI 2017, 7 May 2017, Denver, Colorado.

Abstract

‘Pixels or plasticine’ took complex data collected from smart city research into school and used it to teach data skills to thirteen 10-year-old students. Contributing to teaching about renewable energy, the activities engaged children with data that showed roofs in a UK town, allowing the children to reason about different buildings’ potential for generating solar
energy. The data was collected using LiDAR technology during an aerial survey of the region.

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