BEESM, a Block-Based Educational Programming Tool for End Users

Mazyar Seraj; Serge Autexier; Jan Janssen

In: 10th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (NordiCHI). Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (NordiCHI-2018), October 1-3, Oslo, Norway, 2018.


Visual programming as a technique to support users to learn programming is an active field of research. Bringing together the hot topic of Smart Environments and the visual programming paradigm we present the Block-based Enduser programming tool for SMart Environments (BEESM). The dedicated application domain engages users to get interested in programming. BEESM allows to learn the general purpose of programming and rapidly prototype and customize applications in the context of smart environments. This approach enables users to program smart environments, microcontrollers and mobile robots one at a time and in combination with each other. It provides a block-based rapid programming tool as a hassle-free environment for educators and engineers to make it compatible with different smart devices and environments.


Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence