Girls and Technology: A first step in the identification of attributes in technology that are
conducive to the engagement of girls and women in its usage.


  • Lead school Business School
  • Additional schools School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Institute Institute for New Work
    Institute for Human Centered Engineering (HUCE)
  • Research unit HUCE / Laboratory for Robotics
    Diversity and Inclusion
  • Funding organisation BFH
  • Duration (planned) 01.01.2020 - 31.12.2020
  • Project management Prof. Dr. Ana Fernandes
  • Head of project Prof. Dr. Ana Fernandes
  • Project staff Prof. Dr. Gabriel Gruener
  • Keywords Robots, Gender, Experiments, STEM


There’s a well-known asymmetry in the presence of women in technology-related fields, usually labeled as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Relative to boys, girls dislike STEM disciplines and have a dismal enrollment in STEM related apprenticeships. This gender asymmetry in STEM is problematic because science, technology and innovation have been recognized as one of the main drivers behind productivity increases and a key long-term lever for economic growth and prosperity

Course of action

This project aims to create a framework for interventions/experiments to identify whether technological attributes (in e.g. robots) result in differential levels of engagement between girls and boys. The experiments shall be carried out with pre-teens, possibly in schools. In particular, different interactions with robots (cooperation, competition, aesthetics) shall be investigated as to their influence in the degree of engagement of girls versus boys.

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