HCI with Chocolate: Introducing HCI Concepts to Brazilian Girls in Elementary School

  • Cristiano Maciel
  • Sílvia Amélia Bim
  • Clodis Boscarioli
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8278)


In order to attract women to the area of computing there are several initiatives in the Brazilian context. The project named Meninas Digitais (Digital Girls) is one of them.In this paper we discuss one experiment carried out in the context of this project. A Computer Science Unplugged activity (The Chocolate Factory) was performed in a Brazilian state school. The activity was about HCI design and was done with nine teenagers. Most of these girls do not have a computer, so they rarely use one. The experiment was their first contact with a topic related to concepts of HCI design, and the girls succeeded in the activity giving interesting solutions for the problem situations presented. The experiment showed that it is possible to introduce some activities to elementary school students so as to present HCI and promote courses in the area of Computing.


HCI design Computer Science Unplugged Women in IT 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristiano Maciel
    • 1
  • Sílvia Amélia Bim
    • 2
  • Clodis Boscarioli
    • 3
  1. 1.Instituto de Computação (IC), Laboratório de Ambientes Virtuais Interativos (LAVI)Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso (UFMT)CuiabáBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Informática (DAINF) CuritibaUniversidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná (UTFPR)Brazil
  3. 3.Colegiado de Ciência da ComputaçãoUniversidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná (UNIOESTE)Brazil

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