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Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Universal Access to Information and Knowledge: 8th International Conference, UAHCI 2014, Held as Part of HCI International 2014, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, June 22-27, 2014, Proceedings, Part II


Part II



Conference Name

8th International Conference, UAHCI, June 22-27, 2014, Heraklion, Crete, Greece


In recent years there has been a renewed interest on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Following this interest, science centers' staff started providing technology enhanced informal STEM education experiences. The use of well-designed mobile and ubiquitous forms of technology to enrich informal STEM education activities is an essential success factor. The goal of our research is to investigate how technology applications can be better used and developed for taking full advantage of the opportunities and challenges they provide for students learning about STEM concepts. In our approach, we have conducted a series of interviews with experts from science center curating and outdoor learning activities development, with the final goal of exploring and improving current learning environments and practices. This paper presents the development of set of design considerations for the development of STEM games and applications of young students. An initial set of best practices was first developed through semi-structures interviews with experts; and afterwards, by employing content analysis, a revised set of considerations was obtained. These results are useful for STEM education teachers, curriculum designers, curators and developers for K-12 education environments.


Paper was presented at the 8th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction (UAHCI), held as part of HCI International, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, June 22-27, 2014.


0000-0002-8016-6208 (Giannakos), 0000-0002-1775-8219 (Crompton)

Original Publication Citation

Giannakos, M. N., Jones, D., Crompton, H., & Chrisochoides, N. (2014). Designing playful games and applications to support science centres learning activities. In Proceedings of the Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction Conference. Universal Access to Information and Knowledge, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 8514 (pp.561-570). Springer International Publishing.