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Herb Schilling <[log in to unmask]>
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Herb Schilling <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 11 Aug 1997 16:15:00 -0400
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 This is sort of an unusual question. First, I need to give a little
background. At NASA Lewis we are sponsors of a Boy Scouts of America
Explorers Post. Once a week during the school year, young men and women
ages 14 thru 21 come in for 2 hours of instruction and hands on work
involving computers. There are several advisors, includine me, who put
together some training and exercises for the students.

  Besides the usual bits and bytes kinds of training ( learning BASIC, C,
basic computer graphics, etc... ), we wanted to give the students at least
some "awareness" training about human factors, usability, whatever you want
to call it. It would be great if we could in 2 to 4 hours dramatically
demonstrate through some hands on exercise the importance of including the
user in the design and implementation of a software system. I suppose even
demonstrating the importance of usability in designing a non-software
system would be OK to. Anything to get them to realize the importance of

 Does anyone out there have any ideas on how to go about this? We have some
thoughts but we would really  appreciate it if someone had some experience
in doing something like this.

 Thanks in advance.

Herb Schilling NASA Lewis Research Center 21000 Brookpark Road Mail Stop 142-4
Cleveland Ohio 44135 (216) 433-8955 Fax:(216)433-8000
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