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Scaffolding Students on Connecting STEM and Interaction Design

Pombo, N. ; Garcia, N. M.

Scaffolding Students on Connecting STEM and Interaction Design , Proc EDUCON – IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference EDUCON, Tenerife, Spain, Vol. , pp. - , April, 2018.

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Abstract
Fusion multidisciplinary subjects in order to
present a unique and complementary perspective may enhance
and extend the knowledge acquisition, and consequently, the
student experience. In this paper we report a case study on
methodology, which interlinks various subjects creating and
engaging learning process by combining Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Design. In line with
this, an Experimental Interaction Design summer course was
designed and implemented based on a multi-cultural, defiant and
creative environment in order to provide an effective learning on
solving the real-world challenges. Twelve students were involved
in this initiative, which resulted in the development of several
projects such as a pets’ tracking and behavior analysis, a smart
home for elderlies, and a medication reminder device, in which
design, prototyping, usability evaluation and programming
concepts were combined. In this report, we focus on the study
design with the aim to provide scaffolding for multidisciplinary
teams of students in design-based projects that require STEM
competences.