App ideas from kids: inclusion, world peace, and robot-making

A selection of prototypes, photos, and learnings from Design Club at a special CoderDojo

Noam
Noam
Aug 30, 2017 · 4 min read
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We recently joined CoderDojo London to deliver two days of workshops for 7–17 year-olds. We were hosted by UCL at Base KX, near Kings Cross.

There were tables dotted about, offering coding activities. There were computers everywhere. Except on our table. We we were unplugged. Okay, we had mobiles, which we used to make Marvel prototypes.

The brief

More than 30 kids worked on projects. We encouraged them to design a solution for someone they knew, or use persona that we provided.

They addressed an impressive range of design challenges. The kids set these themselves, including why they feel their challenge is important. See some of their prototypes below, and photos of their work further down.

Design challenge:

Our target user is called Mia (21) and we want to help her to find good books.

By a 13 year-old

Design challenge:

Our target user is called Jeremy (47) and we want to help him to design a robot.

By an 8 year-old

Design challenge:

Our target user is called Joe and we want to help them to bring world peace.

By a 9 year-old

Design challenge:

Our target user is called Willow and we want to help her to find other disabled children and have fun.

By an 11 year-old

Two key learnings

1. The bigger the creative canvas, the better

On day 2, all activities were on one side of A3. Much better. Far easier for kids to see their empathy and ideation work while doing their design work.

2. Encourage the kids to go from making to mentoring

Getting kids mentoring is great for three reasons:

  1. Through teaching, kids remember more of what they’ve learned.
  2. Kids add much-needed capacity to the mentoring team.
  3. Adults can learn a lot about how to interact with kids, by watching kids interact with each other.

Massive, massive thanks!

Thank you CoderDojo London for having us. Love your work. 🙌🏼

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Noam

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Noam

Co-founder designclub.org.uk & sidelabs.org. Working with thecatalyst.org.uk & wearecast.org.uk. Before: Co-founded mintdigital.com.

Design Club

Design thinking workshops for children, from after school clubs to pop-up workshops. We’re a social enterprise and not-for-profit. Join us.

Noam

Written by

Noam

Co-founder designclub.org.uk & sidelabs.org. Working with thecatalyst.org.uk & wearecast.org.uk. Before: Co-founded mintdigital.com.

Design Club

Design thinking workshops for children, from after school clubs to pop-up workshops. We’re a social enterprise and not-for-profit. Join us.

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