Playful Learning - Making Engineering Fun

Learn how to bring joy to your STEM classes and get your students excited to explore engineering. The founder of the Playful Learning Lab and Co-Creator of OK Go Sandbox will share her approach to making STEM fun. She will be joined by 5th grade teacher, Alison Haugh, a Playful Learning Lab alumni.

This webinar was recorded on May 1, 2018.

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AnnMarie Thomas is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering and the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas. She is the founder and director of the Playful Learning Lab, which explores ways to encourage children of all ages, to embrace playful learning. AnnMarie co-founded and co-directs the University of St. Thomas Center for Engineering Education (CEE), which offers engineering courses for P-12 educators and conducts research on engineering at the pre-collegiate level.  AnnMarie served as the Founding Executive Director of the Maker Education Initiative, where her team established the national Maker Corps program and laid the groundwork for this nonprofit. She and her students created Squishy Circuits. She is the author of "Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation."  AnnMarie is also part of the creative and academic team that developed the just-launched collaboration with the band OK Go, OKGo Sandbox, which provides educators and students with STEM lessons explaining the band's popular videos.  See more of AnnMarie on our YouTube Playlist.

Alison Haugh is a fourth grade teacher at Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science in Minnesota, where she regularly integrates inquiry and hands-on learning with STEM in her classroom. Alison graduated from the University of St.Thomas with degrees in Elementary Education, STEM Education, and a focus in Engineering Education. Her undergraduate research with the Playful Learning Lab focused on expanding quality engineering education with an eye to under-served populations, including students with disabilities, emphasizing learning through play.