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Past Events

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  • SILC Talk- Tom Lowrie and Kevin Larkin: The visiting scholars from University of Canberra and Griffith University respectively, presented a talk to the SILC team titled, “Large Scale Impact of STEM Programs: The Role of Spatial Reasoning”. The attendees of the talk interacted with the ELSA app first hand and learned about patterning through playful dance.
  • GIS Day: SILC partnered with Northwestern’s University Libraries to support their annual Geography Week event series and GIS Day. GIS Day is a global event and will be celebrated on November 14th 2018, in honor of the geographic information system (GIS) technology. This technology is applicable in a multitude of fields including education, business, and law enforcement. For more information on GIS Day and Geography Week at Northwestern, please visit
  • SILC Talk-Joseph Kerski: SILC external affiliate and geographer Joseph Kerski visited Northwestern and gave a talk titled “Applications of GIS in Education: STEM Learning and Beyond” on Monday, April 15th 2019. Kerski discussed the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software created by Esri. The event flyer can be found here:
  • SILC Talk-Kick Off with David Uttal:  Director David Uttal gave a talk titled, “Why does spatial thinking matter for STEM learning?” on Monday, October 15th 2018. The guest speaker for the event was initially Dr. Roberta Golinkoff who was scheduled to giver her talk, “Shape Up! Why Spatial Play Matters in the Early Years”  and present data about children’s ability to engage in spatial assembly and the link between spatial and mathematical skill. The full video is available on our Facebook page here:
  • SILC Talk-with Susan Hespos:  Faculty member Susan Hespos was invited on Thursday, January 24th 2019 to present data on the early evidence for conceptual knowledge and discuss conceptual development priorto much influence from language and culture. These studies revealed new insights about the nature of representational abilities that emerge early in development and focus on aspects of cognition that are continuous through development. Susan’s take-home message was that infants think before they speak. More specifically, ifwe can specify the nature of representations in young infants then we will be in a better position to understand two things: how language may capitalize on pre-existing cognitive abilities and how these abilities relate to the cognitive abilities of other species.