Loyola University Chicago

Children's Memory and Learning


Award News!

The research of the Children’s Memory and Learning lab are federally funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services Foundation (IMLS). During the Fall of 2019, our newest project TALES explores the link between STEM learning and narrative storytelling. Find out more about our individual awards below.


September 2016 

Engaging Engineering Experts (EEE) IMLS Award Details: Awarded in September, 2016, this project was a research in the service of practice project where engineers share a personal narrative about their STEM experiences. https://www.imls.gov/grants/awarded/mg-77-16-0118-16

IMLS Award Press Release: IMLS With our partners at Northwestern University, Evanston Public Library, and Chicago Children’s Museum, we received one of four awards from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through its STEMeX initiative. https://www.imls.gov/news-events/news-releases/imls-announces-22-million-new-stemex-grant-initiative


September 2011

Engineering Learning Award Details: Awarded on September 15th, 2011 through August 2015. This project examines how parent-child conversational interactions during hands-on activities impact children's STEM learning. https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1123411&HistoricalAwards=false








September 2019

TALES: The "Tinkering And Learning Engineering Stories" is a project estimated to run between September 1st, 2109 and August 31, 2022. The full project information can be found on the TALES project page. More information about the award is listed on the NSF website at: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1906940&HistoricalAwards=false


March 2016

"More than Child's Play" Press Release: Loyola University Chicago published a press release about the Children's Memory and Learning Lab and the research done with partners at the Chicago Children's Museum in Navy Pier and Northwestern University. https://www.luc.edu/features/stories/archive/03-23-16-cas-tinker-story.shtml

September 2015

TRAEL: The "Tinkering Reflection and Engineering Learning" project was awarded on September 15, 2015. The full project information is available on our website on the TRAEL project page. More information about the NSF Award can be found here: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1516541&HistoricalAwards=false


Science Sprouts: This project explored preschoolers' attunement to causal information -- referred to as their causal stance -- as a key component of early scientific literacy. The full abstract and award information is available on the NSF website: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1535102&HistoricalAwards=false


December 2015 

Early Childhood Open House: On December 4, 2015, Dr. Catherine Haden was one of four presenters at the Early Childhood Open House hosted by the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings - Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation. 



May 2013

Congressional Exhibition on Capitol Hill: On May 7, 2013, Dr. Catherine Haden, along with collaborator Dr. David Uttal (Northwestern University), presented at a Congressional exhibition and reception on Investments in STEM Research and Education: Fueling American Innovation. The Society for Research in Child Development sponsored our participation in this Capitol Hill event. The event was attended by a number of lawmakers and their staff. A handout copy of the poster we presented at the Coalition for National Science Funding Exhibition and Reception is available here. Further information about the event is available on the SRCD website

December 2011

WBEZ Radio: Catherine Haden appeared on the podcast Clever Apes: First Memories. She spoke with the host about how parents play a role in solidifying children's memories. http://www.wbez.org/blog/clever-apes/2011-12-13/clever-apes-23-first-memories-94877 



Loyola Magazine: An article title, How to build and keep a memory was published in the Fall/Winter issue.  PDF