Demystifying Robots in the Co-Design of a Tutee Robot with Primary School Children

Wolmet Barendregt (Corresponding author), Sara Ekström, Svea Kiesewetter, Lena Pareto, Sofia Serholt

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This paper contributes to the existing body of knowledge on the co-design of novel technologies with children. As part of a three year research project aiming to design and develop a robot tutee for use in mathematics education, we present the initial phases of our design approach with children, in which we draw on principles of Participatory Design and Co-design. As part of the early stages of this process, we included a demystifying phase (I), and a gradual introduction to the robot’s capabilities (II), in order to foster reasonable expectations in children and gather feasible design input. Drawing on the Time-Space-Structure framework, two primary schools were involved in the co-design process, where children in grades 2 and 4 participated in a set of workshops. We discuss the benefits and tensions of our approach, and reflect on its implications for mutual learning, hoping to inspire further exploration in this field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-128
Number of pages20
JournalInteraction Design and Architecture(s)
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020


  • children
  • co-design
  • robot tutee

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