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.

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.

Fiche signalétique

  • Département responsable Gestion
  • Autres départements Technique et informatique
  • Institut Institut New Work INW
    Institute for Human Centered Engineering (HUCE)
  • Unité de recherche HUCE / HuCE – roboticsLab
    Diversity and Inclusion
  • Organisation d'encouragement Autres
  • Durée (prévue) 01.01.2020 - 31.12.2020
  • Responsable du projet Ana Fernandes
  • Direction du projet Ana Fernandes
  • Équipe du projet Gabriel Gruener
  • Mots-clés Robots, Gender, Experiments, STEM

Situation

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

Approche

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.