Julie Kientz Research Group

Summer 2019

Participatory Design with Children and Researchers

We are looking for students for the Summer 2019 to help with running KidsTeam UW, an intergenerational co-design team of children (ages 6 – 12) and design researchers. There is rich work around how to interact with adults and children together in the co-design space, the role of design techniques in co-design, and the different stages and phases of co-design. You have the opportunity to help us understand this space.

Activities of this research group will include interacting as an adult design partner with children in co-design, working with researchers on multiple projects involving children and design, and running overall logistics to support the intergenerational design team. 

This DRG will require you to participate in KidsTeam UW in the summer for the following dates:

  • Wednesdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, and Monday, August 5th (1 hour meetings)
  • July 29 to August 2nd, 2019 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm, or multiple days with mornings / afternoons)

Students who have completed HCDE 318/418/518 and/or HCDE 417/517 or have relevant experience will be given priority. 

Alternatively, students who have experience with learning sciences, education, and child development will also be considered. 

Prior experience working with children is a requirement (e.g., tutoring/teaching/coaching, child-care, summer camps, etc.)

We expect students to register for 3 credits of HCDE 496/596.

This research group will be led by Assistant Professor Jason Yip (iSchool), with support from Dr. Julie Kientz (Associate Professor, HCDE), Dr. Jin Ha Lee (Associate Professor, iSchool), and Dr. Alexis Hiniker (Assistant Professor, iSchool).

To apply for this DRG, please fill out the survey by Friday, May 3, 2019.

We will schedule meetings to confirm your availability and experience in the month of May, and make final decisions by the end of May.

For any questions, please email Dr. Jason Yip at

Spring 2019

Design Opportunities for Adaptive Fitness

The healthy lifestyle practices promoted by fitness technologies such as wearables and smartphone exercise apps are important for all people, yet may look different for those with physical disabilities, especially with respect to physical activity. In this DRG, we will investigate the design space of technologies for adaptive fitness.  Specifically, we will conduct a literature review, examine existing technologies, and design a study protocol to answer questions such as: What facilitators and barriers exist for motivating and accessing adaptive fitness? How do users seeking adaptive fitness use current technologies such as wearables, fitness apps, and social media, and what are the strengths and limitations of these technologies? What design opportunities can we identify for adaptive fitness, including using technology to motivate physical activity as well as adapting physical activity to users abilities and limitations?


  • This DRG is open to undergraduate, Masters, and PhD students in all fields. Priority will be given to those with previous research experience and training in research methods.
  • Students will be expected to register for 2 credits of HCDE 496/596.
  • We will meet Wednesdays from 3-4:15 p.m. in Spring 2019.

Note: This DRG is at enrollment capacity for Spring 2019.

Spring 2019

Children’s Digital Media Design Toolkit

There are a number of findings from research on child development, media studies, and interactive technology design that could help inform the design of better interactive technologies for children. However, professional content producers and designers often do not have the time to keep up on these findings or the expertise to make sense of them. In this DRG, we will translate research into actionable design advice by designing, creating, and evaluating a Children’s Digital Media Toolkit, similar to other relevant efforts such as the IDEO Method Cards, Microsoft’s Inclusive Design Toolkit, or Artefact’s Tarot Cards of Design. Activities include reviewing the literature on child development, interaction design and children, and media studies for evidence-based findings with practical relevance; prototyping a toolkit that translates research results into design guidelines presented in an easily-digestible format such as a set of cards; evaluating the toolkit with design professionals; and revising the toolkit based on feedback.


  • This DRG is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all fields.
  • Students will be expected to register for 2 credits of HCDE 496/596.
  • We will meet late Tuesday afternoons (between around 3-5 pm) in Spring 2019.


Please complete this application form by March 15, 2019

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