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Mind Games: Think, Learn, & Have Fun!!!
August 9, 10:05-11:35am

‚ÄčMaria Gaskell, Upcoming RIC Freshman from Central Falls High

Ronald G. Shapiro, Ph.D., Speaker & Consultant, Ronald G Shapiro, PhD, LLC - Education By Entertainment
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  • All Audiences, 3-12
  • Audience cap: 42

We’ll review a basic model of human cognition illustrating human strengths and weaknesses with 25 activities which have been described as amazing, awesome, cool, educational, endearing, insightful, fabulous, fascinating, fun, hilarious, insightful, interesting, and mind-blowing. Bring these activities to your classroom and students may improve safety, academic performance, and communication.


Maria Gaskell is a graduate of Central Falls High School and is looking forward to being a freshman at Rhode Island College this fall. Maria has been in various programs and sports such as Softball, Kids in The Canyon, The Community Emergency Response Team, and Pathways (which is a program working with Brown medical students). She has been accepted in the National Honors Society and National Art Society. Maria has worked with middle school students in the National Energy Education Development (NEED) program, and she has been a Nature Conservancy intern for two consecutive summers, first in Maine measuring culverts and this summer working in the Caribbean tracking diminishing turtle species. She also was an assistant librarian at the Pawtucket library for a summer. Maria is very pleased to present to fellow librarians and teachers.

Ronald G. Shapiro, Ph.D., a Fellow in the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), the American Psychological Association (APA), the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), and a Certified Human Factors Professional (CHFP), is an independent consultant in Human Factors/Ergonomics, Human Resources, Education/Learning, and Career Development.

Ron has managed IBM’s Technical Learning, Technical Leadership, Human Factors, New Employee Orientation, University Tuition Payment Programs and Career Services. He has also has served as a Secretary Treasurer of HFES and President of the Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology Division of the APA.

Ron is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering. Ron received his B.A. from the University of Rochester and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State in Experimental Psychology. He has taught at Ohio State, Denison University, University of Connecticut, and Dutchess Community College.

Ron frequently speaks with groups of teachers and students in the classroom as well as at professional conferences addressing human capabilities and limitations, human factors/ergonomics, and career development.

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