Initiative 8:
Outreach

Initiative Coordinators: Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Susan Levine (Co-PI)

We want to ensure that what we know about spatial learning reaches a wider public audience, as one of the issues in the field is that such learning does not have a profile as high as that of language learning, reading, and mathematics . Our outreach program is thus designed to contact parents, teachers and policy makers with the message that spatial learning should be counted among the many basic concepts that build early learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We also aim to communicate concrete ideas about how to achieve effective spatial learning, e.g., how best to teach measurement skills in elementary school.

Relevant Publications

Relevant Resources

  • LearnNow.org: From Research to the Real World
    This site offers up-to-date advice on learning for parents, educators and child-care providers. Our SILC Faculty Members, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Golinkoff (former Spatial Network Member), are two of the founding members of LearnNow.org (formerly known as L-rn).
  • Spatial Skills Compendium on LearnNow.org
    A web compendium on spatial skills out of both SILC and non-SILC partners.
  • The Ultimate Block Party
    The mission of UBP (from their website):
    The Ultimate Block Party aims to create a multi-pronged social movement that champions the importance of play and playful learning in children’s lives. We seek to ensure that all children are provided with competitive skills for the 21st century global world and to build a public groundswell about the value of play for fostering lifelong learning in the sciences and the arts. Our mission is to affect policy about children and the way we deliver education in our society.

Outreach in Action

2015

January 26, 2015 Artificial Intelligence Open House
SILC Members from Northwestern University (Maria Chang, SILC Graduate Student, and Kenneth D. Forbus, Faculty Member, plus Matt Klenk, QRG Graduate Student member) will demonstrate CogSketch at AAAI (The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence) 2015's Open House, which is free to the public. More information on both the Open House and on the CogSketch demonstration ("CogSketch: Sketch understanding for cognitive science and education") may be found on AAAI 2015's website: http://movingai.com/AAAI15/openhouse.html.
The Open House, which is free and open to the public, will be on: Monday, January 26, 2015 from 9:00am - 6:00pm at the Hyatt Regency, Austin, Texas.

2014

February 21, 2014:  NASP 2014 Annual Convention
SILC Faculty Member, Roberta M. Golinkoff, presented a talk at a Featured Session at the NASP 2014 Annual Convention: The Power of Play: Preparing 21st–Century Children for a Global World. The research presented was from both Golinkoff and SILC Faculty Member, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek.
February 25, 2014:  Killam Seminar Series, Montreal Neurological Institute (Canada)
SILC Faculty Member, Anjan Chatterjee, gave an invited talk: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Spatial Thought and Language.
March 10-22, 2014:  The 4th Latin American School for Education, Cognitive and Neural Sciences, Punta del Este, Uruguay
Invited Talk: Nora S. Newcombe (SILC PI), March 21, 2014: Enhancing spatial learning for success in the STEM disciplines.
Invited Talk: SILC Faculty Member, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, March 12 ,2014: Where the processing of events meets language: Implications for 1st and second language learning.
April 4, 2014: How people learn: A Cognitive Science perspective, Michigan State University Lansing, Center for Academic and Future Faculty Excellence (CAFFE)
SILC Co-PI, Dedre Gentner, was an Invited Panelist for this workshop for Graduate Students, Postdocs and Faculty.
April 25-May 3, 2014:  The Philadelphia Science Festival
SILC participated in the fourth annual Philadelphia Science Festival. The festival is a citywide effort to put science in the public spotlight. Scientists from all around the city gather together for week of informal science education experiences including lectures, debates, and interactive activities. The goal of the festival is to make science tangible to the public and to illustrate the importance of science in our daily lives.
May 2014:  SILC Sketching and Education Workshop, Northwestern University
SILC Faculty Members, Kenneth D. Forbus and Steven Franconeri, organized this workshop, in which several SILC Members participated. More information about Sketching can be found here.
May 3, 2014:  Pennsylvania Spatial Cognition Symposium, Pennsylvania State University
SILC Faculty Member, Russell Epstein, was one of three Keynote Speakers for this symposium. The talk he gave (the abstract can be found here): From Landmarks to Cognitive Maps: Spatial Navigation Systems in the Human Brain.
May 13, 2014:  Cambridge Memory Meeting 2014
SILC Faculty Member, Sian Beilock, gave an invited talk at Cambridge University (United Kingdom): At the intersection of working memory and emotion: The case of the high-stakes test.
June, 2014:  10th Anniversary Celebration, Ministry of Education, Oslo, Norway
Invited talk: Susan Levine (Co-PI): Young Children’s Math Learning: Cognitive and Emotional Factors.
June, 2014:  Ministry of Education Symposium, Oslo, Norway
Invited talk: Susan Levine (Co-PI): Mathematical Development in Young Children: Promising Interventions.
June 2, 2014:  2014 Fred Forward Program Annual Conference: Connections by Design: Creating Media, Children, and Family Partnerships through Research, Collaboration, and Advocacy
SILC Faculty Member, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek was a Panelist at the Conference for the Session titled: Research-based Design in Children’s Media.
June 13, 2014: European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI), 3rd Biennial SIG 22 Conference [Special Interest Group 22 (SIG 22): Neuroscience and Education], Göttingen, Germany
Nora S. Newcombe (SILC PI) gave one of the Keynote Lectures at the SIG 22 Conference: Thinking about quantity: The intertwined development of spatial and numerical cognition.
SILC Faculty Member, Sian Beilock, also gave one of the Keynote Lectures: Academic Performance under Stress.
June 23, 2014: The Sixth International Conference on Cognitive Science (Kaliningrad, Russia)
SILC Co-PI, Susan Goldin-Meadow, gave a plenary lecture: How our hands help us think.
August 3-5, 2014: Fostering Cognitive Development at Children’s Museums (Brown University)
SILC Faculty Member, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, was one of the invited Speakers.

2013

March 21-23, 2013Workshop on Interactive Pen and Touch Technology for Education (WIPTTE)
SILC Faculty Member, Kenneth D. Forbus, highlighted CogSketch in his keynote address for WIPTTE 2013, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles. To read more about CogSketch, please go to our Initiative 2: Understand tools for spatial learning: Sketching.  Retrieved April 8, 2013: Open .pdf document
April 18-20, 2013:  2013 Society of Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting, Seattle, WA
Invited Panelist: Nora S. Newcombe (SILC PI), April 19, 2013: Adaptive Combination in Spatial Development in "Invited Views by Two" Event 2-121: Starting Points and Change in Spatial Development: Contrasting Perspectives
Symposium Chair: Nora S. Newcombe (SILC PI), April 18, 2013: Educating spatial skills at varied ages with varied approaches: Are STEM outcomes affected
April 18-28, 2013:  The Philadelphia Science Festival
SILC participated in the third annual Philadelphia Science Festival. The festival is a citywide effort to put science in the public spotlight. Scientists from all around the city gather together for week of informal science education experiences including lectures, debates, and interactive activities. The goal of the festival is to make science tangible to the public and to illustrate the importance of science in our daily lives.
November 7-8, 2013:  Conference: Evolutionary Perspectives on Educational Research, Policy, and Practice [supported by a grant from the Education Research Conferences Program of the American Educational Research Association (AERA)], Arlington, VA
Presenters: Roberta Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, November 8, 2013: Play and playful learning: Preparing 21st century children for a global world.
November 15, 2013:  The University of Illinois Developmental Brown Bag, University of of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
SILC Alumni Member, Neon Brooks, presented: Investigating the Function of Gesture in Mental Abacus
Abacus Demo
More info on this research: Gesture in Mental Abacus Calculation

2012

April 4, 2012: National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) Webinar
Starting Your Own Geospatial Semester by SILC Faculty Member, Bob Kolvoord. Go to the NCGE website for more information and to Register for this on-line talk.
April 11, 2012: National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) Webinar
Space, Place & Relationships: Exploring Spatial Cognition in 2012 and Beyond by Diana Sinton and SILC Faculty Member, Nora S. Newcombe (PI). Go to the NCGE website for more information and to Register for this on-line talk.
April 20-29, 2012:  The Philadelphia Science Festival
SILC participated at the opening night of the second annual Philadelphia Science Festival. The festival is a citywide effort to put science in the public spotlight. Scientists from all around the city gather together for week of informal science education experiences including lectures, debates, and interactive activities. The goal of the festival is to make science tangible to the public and to illustrate the importance of science in our daily lives. Researchers from SILC attended the opening night festivities to promote research on spatial learning. Our goal was to showcase what spatial learning is, its importance in daily life and STEM education and how spatial skills can be improved. Armed with spatial toys and games, we engaged the general public in discussions related to spatial intelligence and championed the importance of spatial skills for many aspects of human functioning.

2010

October 2010:  The Ultimate Block Party
Our SILC Faculty Members, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Golinkoff (former Spatial Network Member) are on the Executive Committee for this on-going and continually evolving project.

2008

♦ Levine, Susan C., (2008). “Early Math and Space,” Invited consultant for Sesame Street Writers, New York, NY.

Additional Outreach Activities

♦ 2013 and 2014: Open .pdf document

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