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Lead Research Organisation: Queen Mary, University of London
Department Name: Sch of Electronic Eng & Computer Science


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Description This was a public engagement project supporting a Science Week Workshop for school students. There are therefore no research findings as such. Evaluation was generally positive as summarised below:

- The idea of a usability workshop for science week was very popular, with the workshop oversubscribed.

- Attendees were from a good mix of ethnic and gender backgrounds.

- The majority of participants rated the workshop positively for interest, enjoyability, topicality and as educational with very few negative ratings.

- Participants felt that the structure, materials and organisation of the day was good.
Exploitation Route The resources from the workshop have been made available via the cs4fn public engagement project website and so can be used in schools, by interested individuals or as the basis of future workshops. A permanent version of the public engagement material developed has been made available on the cs4fn website.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)

Description This was a public engagement award so there is no research. However the activities have had a range of impacts - feeding in to the cs4fn project and providing a set of resources for that. The activities involved have been adapted and used in a range of ways and ultimately contributed to the thinking and public engagement activities of the public engagement strand of the EPSRC CHI+MED programme grant which is concerned with safety of medical device use. Anecdotally we have been told of their use or inspiration by other people doing public engagement around the world, and most recently feeding in to resources for supporting new school computing curriculum (eg in New Zealand). Most recently (2015), some of the ideas and activities have fed into work done on grants funded by the GLA and DfE to develop resources and CPD activities for teachers, supporting the introduction of the new English computing curriculum. The Teaching London Computing ( website that hosts this has had hundreds of thousands of visits from countries worldwide. Anecdotally this work also helped inspire those lobbying for changes to the new school Design and Technology curriculum which as a result now includes topics related to interaction design.
First Year Of Impact 2007
Sector Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)
Impact Types Societal

Description Securing the future : expanding the cs4fn project
Amount £661,645 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/F032641/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2008 
End 09/2013
Description The Royal Society - AI
Amount £1,834 (GBP)
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2008 
End 07/2008