At KidsTeam adults partner with children to design new technology for children.
equal stakeholders throughout the
the long-term relationship between adult and child.
The age group we work with is 7 to 11. In KidsTeam, children are our design partners which differs from being testers (children test prototypes of technology) or informants (children inform new technology). The team asks for a long-term partnership between its adult
and child team members.
As KidsTeam values a long term relationship between the adult and child we meet every twice a week at KidsTeam UW during the school period. During the summer, we have one full week of KidsTeam where the team works on multiple projects.
different design techniques.
Children evaluate designs
by providing critique in the form of likes, dislikes, and design ideas on sticky notes.
Children are given a scenario and are asked to evaluate
it by moving to a position on line marked yes, no, or maybe.
Bags of Stuff
Children receive bags filled with a mixture of materials that they can use to build and prototype different ideas.
There are different categories of KidsTeam at UW.
Each different category of KidsTeam has completed a large amount of projects. These different teams at KidsTeam UW have partnered with a wide-range of corporations, faculty members, and students.
KidsTeam UW is part of a larger network of KidsTeam groups.
The first KidsTeam was created at
the University of Maryland.
The method used in KidsTeam is called Cooperative Inquiry. This is a method Jason Yip learnt from Allison Druin during his time at Maryland. The very first KidsTeam was created at the University of Maryland led by Dr. Allison Druin. Read more about Maryland's KidsTeam.
Other KidsTeam locations include