For many years, researchers at the Human-Computer
Interaction Lab (HCIL) have partnered with children
ages 7-11 in designing technology through Cooperative
Inquiry. In this paper, we present two cases in which
we have worked with adolescents as designers using
both a modified form of Cooperative Inquiry and
design-focused interview techniques. We find that
adolescents can participate as design partners given
modifications to Cooperative Inquiry design techniques.
However, designing with adolescents can present
challenges in terms of logistics, communications,
relationships, and power structures.
The HCIL has a long, rich history of transforming the experience people have with new technologies. From understanding user needs, to developing and evaluating these technologies, the lab's faculty, staff, and students have been leading the way in HCI research and teaching.