Joy Kim : 2013 Mobile and Social Workshop


Thursday, April 18, 2013
Location: Fisher Conference Center, Arrillaga Alumni Center

"Imagine Mobile: Dispelling Computer Science Stereotypes Through a Design Competition"


Among high school students, computer science is viewed as intimidating, solitary, low-impact, and "geeky". However, once discovered, the creative and collaborative aspects of computer science are often the aspects students enjoy the most. We hypothesize that high school students are more open to learning about computer science when they are able to visualize what computer science can help them do. To encourage high school students to think about computer science as a creative tool, rather than as "just programming", we ran a month-long competition where students submitted videos demonstrating their ideas for mobile or social applications. This competition was hosted through Facebook to maximize the virality of the campaign and to create an online community of high school students generating and sharing ideas for new technology. Afterwards, we hope to create an online class where these high school students can move forward with their ideas by learning the skills needed to turn them into reality. In a world where computer science is becoming increasingly ubiquitous in many industries, having an understanding of computer science and being able to work with those with computer science backgrounds may become an important factor for future success.


Joy Kim is a 2nd-year PhD student in the HCI group at Stanford currently working on computer science education and online storytelling research projects. She received her BS in Computer Science from the University of Washington in 2011. While there, she worked on various accessibility projects, including MobileASL, a video phone application designed for people who speak sign language, and TapBeats, a music game for people with visual impairments.