OurKidsCode: Facilitating Families to Be Creative with Computing

Nina Bresnihan, Glenn Strong, Lorraine Fisher, Richard Millwood, Áine Lynch

Abstract

OurKidsCode is a joint project between Trinity College Dublin and the Irish National Parents’ Council (Primary) which aims to promote and support families’ interest and activity in computing through the delivery of family creative-coding workshops at a national scale in Ireland. There is evidence that parents highly value computer science education, and are interested in supporting and encouraging their children’s engagement with it. However because of their lack of knowledge and skills, they find this challenging. We present a rationale for the project, and report on the design, development and evaluation of family creative coding workshops delivered in non formal settings which engage families as computational co-creators. The evaluation of the pilot workshops show promising results for parents’ attitude to learning with their families and significant increases in their confidence to do so. They also provide evidence that the workshops succeed in promoting and supporting families’ interest and creative activity in computing and the learning collaboration between parent and child.

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in Harvard Style

Bresnihan N., Strong G., Fisher L., Millwood R. and Lynch Á. (2019). OurKidsCode: Facilitating Families to Be Creative with Computing.In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-758-367-4, pages 519-530. DOI: 10.5220/0007729405190530


in Bibtex Style

@conference{csedu19,
author={Nina Bresnihan and Glenn Strong and Lorraine Fisher and Richard Millwood and Áine Lynch},
title={OurKidsCode: Facilitating Families to Be Creative with Computing},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,},
year={2019},
pages={519-530},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0007729405190530},
isbn={978-989-758-367-4},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,
TI - OurKidsCode: Facilitating Families to Be Creative with Computing
SN - 978-989-758-367-4
AU - Bresnihan N.
AU - Strong G.
AU - Fisher L.
AU - Millwood R.
AU - Lynch Á.
PY - 2019
SP - 519
EP - 530
DO - 10.5220/0007729405190530