al-Am’ari Refugee Camp is close to Ramallah city center. In the camps’ youth club was an abandoned computer room with some old terminals and electronic learning kits. The students got into contact with the club administration, got the permission to reopen it and started a workshop series about electronics, with refugee kids (boys and girls) aged 10 to 13. The workshop series took place on a weekly basis from April until August 2016 (when the Palestinian exchange students visited Germany). The club is now active and ethnographic research is still being conducted; based on this research, a poster and a long abstract were published at the ACM GROUP 2016 conference.
Anne Weibert, Marios Mouratidis, Renad Khateb, Sarah Rüller, Miriam Hosak, Shpresa Potka, Konstantin Aal, and Volker Wulf. 2017. Creating Environmental Awareness with Upcycling Making Activities: A Study of Children in Germany and Palestine. In Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC ’17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 286-291. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3078072.3079732
Konstantin Aal, Marios Mouratidis, Anne Weibert, and Volker Wulf. 2016. Challenges of CI Initiatives in a Political Unstable Situation – Case Study of a Computer Club in a Refugee Camp. In Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Supporting Group Work (GROUP ’16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 409-412. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2957276.2996281
Team Members: Ali Abu Hiljeh, Renad Khateeb, Marios Mouratidis, Adham Sweedan