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April 9, 2024

march-simon-lunchThe Simon Initiative Hosts Inaugural Simon Lunch
On March 13th, the Simon Initiative hosted the first Simon Lunch since the COVID-19 pandemic 
social distancing strategies were employed on campus, commencing a new series of upcoming events that will run throughout 2024. This exciting event covered many new developments and projects within the Simon Initiative and provided an opportunity for cross-departmental collaboration. 

April 2, 2024

robert-goldstone-headshot.pngRobert Goldstone Speaks at the 2024 Simon Initiative Distinguished Lecture
The Simon Initiative was thrilled to host Dr. Robert Goldstone for the 2024 Simon Initiative Distinguished Lecture, during which he presented his work, “Models of and for Flexible Learning.”


March 19, 2024

lunch-and-learn-artifcial-intelligence-2024.jpgCMU Faculty and Staff Present at PASA Lunch and Learn
On Tuesday, March 5th, Dr. Ken Koedinger, Dr. Erin Gatz, and Dr. Nesra Yannier shared the exciting work they’ve been doing in the field of Artificial Intelligence in education during the  Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) Lunch and Learn series event titled “Unveiling AI Breakthroughs: Elevating Learner Support with Insights from Carnegie Mellon University.” This Lunch and Learn series consists of four sessions focusing on Artificial Intelligence in education and is sponsored by the PASA Innovative Teaching and Learning Committee.

March 5, 2024

lf-headshot-23small.jpgThe Simon Initiative Welcomes Lindsay Forman as K-12 Coordinator
Lindsay Forman has joined the Simon Initiative as its new K-12 Coordinator. She began her new position in July of 2023 and has been working on a multitude of new projects since. Forman was excited to work at the Simon Initiative because she was intrigued by the potential to grow and amplify the existing connections between the innovative work happening at Carnegie Mellon University and Western Pennsylvania’s regional K-12 partners.

February 13, 2024

231010-playincluded-bf-51.jpgCarnegie Mellon University and Play Included® Bring LEGO® Brick Based Interventions to US
Brick by brick, Carnegie Mellon University is building a new way to transform children’s social and emotional learning in schools and community organizations throughout Pittsburgh and, eventually, across the country. 

May 9, 2023

xprize-bier-stamper-900x600-min.jpegCMU Team Wins $1M XPRIZE Digital Learning Challenge
Carnegie Mellon University learning science researchers John Stamper, Norman Bier and Steven Moore are part of a team that won first place in the XPRIZE Digital Learning Challenge, a competition to find and improve the most effective learning tools.

March 31, 2023

an image of a tortoise and a hareThe Myth of the Fast Learner
Learning science experts from Carnegie Mellon University's Human Computer Interaction Institute found that, in the right conditions, people learn at a remarkably similar rate. Ken Koedinger, the Hillman Professor of Computer Science, led the research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.