Codeinskij : Art and programming as part of young children’s creative exploration

University essay from Umeå universitet/Designhögskolan vid Umeå universitet

Abstract: This is a project that explores the realm of programming and art education for young children, trying to bring these two disciplines together in a fun and playful way. The aim is to allow children to express themselves creatively and at the same time explore and understand basic concepts of coding and programming. From the idea of creating a tool for education, this project has evolved, throughout the iterative design process of prototyping and testing, into a toolbox for personal exploration and discovery of Art and technology. This toolbox not only aims to give children the opportunity to grow and develop their understanding of digital media but also aims to help them create stronger bonds with people around them, by sharing and participating together in the activities that they will create. Prototyping is here used as an explorative tool to not only develop the final design but to also investigate children, their interests and aspirations. The different iterations have helped getting a deeper understanding of the user and the concepts revolving around the topic of art and programming to which this project try to talk to. The outcome is a physical modular interface that allows children to build, piece by piece, a digital and interactive art experience that they can eventually share and play with family and friends.

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