Data storytelling has been widely used during the COVID-19 pandemic to disseminate information—from visualizations to increase public awareness, to communicating public health decision making, to driving action. However, many children lack the information and data literacy to understand the more sophisticated visualizations used to communicate data. Touching Trends aims to help children reason about the pandemic through the creative process of making while enhancing their data literacy.

Funding Support: This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS 2040489. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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Sandra Bae, Ruhan Yang, Peter Gyory, Julia Uhr, Danielle Albers Szafir. Touching Information with DIY Paper Charts & AR Markers, (2021) in IDC '21: Interaction Design and Children, June 2021 Pages 433–438, 24 June 2021,