Following the BRAGFOST meeting, I was given the opportunity to apply for the Alexander von Humboldt foundation CONNECT program, to spend a month in a research visit, hosted by a German participant of BRAGFOST.
I was very fortunate to be granted the fund, and spent a month visiting professor Korbinian Moeller and his team at the Knowledge Media Research Center of the Leibniz Institut für Wissensmedien, at the lovely and charming “university-city” of Tübingen.
During my research visit, we worked on developing scenarios for an interactive surface which also recognises tagged physical objects. The scenarios developed target the learning of the concept of partner numbers (adding up to 10) by young children, and use LEGO-like interaction devices. It was an opportunity to do work related to my job at the London Knowledge Lab, dealing with tangibles and science learning.
We also attended the 34th European Workshop on Cognitive Neuropsychology, in Bressanone, Italy. It was an excellent opportunity for networking and learning about a very different area, but with potentially related applications. In particular, I participated in the sessions on Numerical Cognition, a theme of common interest, where Dr. Moeller and partners presented their work. Learning about the neuropsychological aspects of mathematics learning was a fascinating and extremely enriching experience. Bressanone – or Brixen, in German – is an Italian town just by the Plose mountain in the Alps, where you will feel more in Germany than in Italy (although there is great Italian food 🙂 )
Apart from struggling with German language in the everyday routine of moving around and eating, I had a fantastic time!
(Neckar river in Tübingen)