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LilyPad Arduino survey researches feminism and HCI

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Alicia Gibb (NYCResistor and Bug Labs) is doing research on the use of the LilyPad Arduino in response to this call for Feminism in HCI out out by Shaowen Bardzell (Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing) and Elizabeth F. Churchill (Yahoo! Research), which will culminate in a special issue of Interacting with Computers . You can help out by filling out her survey if you’ve ever worked with the LilyPad Arduino. DIY toolkits like Arduino are gaining attention in academia, and the LilyPad is particularly interesting in gender/technology research.

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4 thoughts on “LilyPad Arduino survey researches feminism and HCI

  1. The implication seems to be that females are more drawn to this device because either it has a name like “LilyPad” in a funky font, or because it involves fabric and sewing, or perhaps both. Either way, somewhat stereotyping kind of idea.

    That said, I have found that males are more drawn to “hard” stuff, and females to “soft” stuff, so maybe it is innate — you know, kinda like women and math and that sort of thing (ducking, but maybe I can become a Cabinet secretary).

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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