NSF-funded workshop "Developing Intelligent Agents for Early STEM Learning" held on June 2

An NSF-funded workshop entitled, Developing Intelligent Agents for Early STEM Learning, was held at Northwestern University on June 2. A recording of the webcast can be viewed at: http://mediaportal.northwestern.edu/Mediasite/Play/48c88bc3f4f640a2a3dbc6056d725ebc1d

This workshop was part of a 5-year NSF REESE grant (Grant # DRL-1252146) to Drs. Rebekah Richert, Sandra Calvert, and Ellen Wartella to examine the role of young children’s relationships with media characters in their learning of STEM content and their developing STEM literacy. The goal of this workshop was to foster communication among experts in multiple disciplines, including developmental psychology, communications, media studies, information and computer sciences, and education, with a focus on promoting early STEM learning and literacy through the development of avatars that are engaging and effective for young children. 

The workshop was held on Monday, June 2, 2014 from 8:30am to 5:00pm (CST) at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL).  The agenda included: 

10:45am – 12:00pm
Panel  1: Overview of STEM Skills and Literacy in Early Childhood

1:30pm – 2:45pm
Panel 2: Considerations in Creating and Designing Intelligent Agents

2:45pm – 3:00pm
Break

3:00pm – 4:15pm
Panel 3: Understanding Effective Parent and Teacher Support of Early STEM Literacy