Together Apart: Remote, Tangible Co-Design Technologies for Kids
Amanda Huynh and Dr. Daniel Leithinger (CU Boulder)
Dr. Jason C. Yip, University of Washington
Casey Hunt, University of Colorado Boulder
School of Design, Industrial Design
Embodied physical play and design are at the heart of learning. However, this has all but been eliminated in online settings due to the separation and isolation of COVID-19 and the prevalence of online learning.
Specifically, children’s play, collaboration, interaction, and design with physical prototyping together with other children can hardly be done remote.
How do we design socio-technical support systems so that networks of children can engage together in collaborative, social, and embodied design?
Through a series of live co-design sessions with kids, we prototyped activities and playful interactions to enable children to begin physically co-designing and co-playing across online spaces using tangible objects and digital tools.