May 31, 2019
Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto, co-principal investigator and science director of the NSF-Gallaudet University Science of Learning Center, Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2), and Director of Petitto’s Brain and Language Lab for Neuroimaging (BL2), along with other VL2 Center Hubs and Labs (specifically EL2, ML2, NENS and ABL) hosted the St. Andrews Episcopal School and Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning at Gallaudet University.
BL2 graduate student researcher, Kailyn Aaron-Lozano, gives a demonstration of the BL2 National Resource Hub’s innovative technology to representatives from the St. Andrews Episcopal School and Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning. Here, Kailyn describes the team’s experiments using functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRs) brain imaging in the building of their “RAVE” – the Robot-AVatar-thermal Enhanced language learning tool for young deaf and hearing babies, a transformative translation product resulting from the NSF INSPIRE funded science (Petitto, PI).
Located across two campuses in Potomac, Maryland, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a coeducational college preparatory independent school for preschool (beginning at age two) through grade twelve. The school’s CTTL has presented to, worked with, hosted and trained more than 9,000 teachers and school leaders from 16 states and five countries.
During the visit, Petitto’s Brain and Language Lab for Neuroimaging (BL2) provided an overview of the National Resource Hub in the hopes of creating possible opportunities to collaborate with St. Andrews and to support each other’s work in the future.