Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math? Curiosity on Stage is a series of short, interactive presentations that brings you face-to-face with researchers and innovators. Each week, a featured speaker delivers an engaging presentation followed by an interactive Q-and-A session. Curiosity on Stage invites you to learn directly from people working in the science and technology-related fields. Find out what they do and why it matters – and leave inspired by their stories of curiosity, overcoming obstacles, and innovation.
While everyone is welcome on the Demo Stage, this program is recommended for ages 10+.
This week: Building Blocks for Learning: Cognitive Development and STEM Education
Dr. Rebecca Merkley, Carleton University
Anyone can be a scientist! This talk will give a brief overview of brain and cognitive development and cover some cognitive skills that are important for learning science and math.
Dr. Rebecca Merkley is a developmental cognitive scientist at the Institute of Cognitive Science at Carleton University. She studies how young children learn math and how parents and teachers can support their learning. She also works on initiatives to use evidence from developmental science to inform education policy and make STEM education more inclusive and accessible.