Microwave Racing: An Interactive Activity to Enthuse Students About HCI

J Black, Dominic Furniss, C Myketiak, Paul Curzon, P McOwan
in CHI 2012: the 30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Workshop: A Contextualised Curriculum for HCI, Conference abstract/presentation slides, Austin, Texas


We report on a day of 'microwave racing' at a science festival in Brighton, England, as a way of enthusing school-age children about HCI. This transforms an award-winning CHI video showcase idea into an engaging interactive exercise. We describe the concept and setup of the races, as well as feedback from the participants. We discuss how, after engaging with our exhibit, children picked up key messages about HCI in general, and a research project on interface design of medical devices in particular.