Has anyone ever run a program that teaches young people (say, grades 6-9
range, or older teens even) about usability?
I'm thinking about starting up a program that promotes technology
careers to girls. I want to help correct the common belief that "people
who work in technology sit alone all day in a cubicle and code". I'm
interested in using pair programming methods to show girls that
programming and software design can be social and collaborative. At the
same time I'm interested in exposing them to the concept of user
experience / usability / IxD, and showing that it's a great career for
people who want to be involved in technology but don't necessarily want
to code full time (or at all).
If anyone has ever tried to teach the basics of what we do to young
people, I'd really love to talk to you about how you approached it. I
did a quick Google search and didn't manage to come up with much!