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Playful Learning Lab & Lecture: Learn, Create and Connect - 2.0 PDHs
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Learn about the Playful Learning Lab at the University of St. Thomas from its founder and director, Dr. AnnMarie Thomas. Then, experience the lab firsthand as you play and learn with Squishy Circuits alongside UST research students.

 Export to Your Calendar 3/4/2020
When: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Where: University of St. Thomas Playful Learning Lab
2115 Summit Ave
St. Paul, Minnesota  55105
United States
Contact: 651-457-2347

Online registration is available until: 3/2/2020
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Playful Learning Lab & Lecture: Learn, Create & Connect


2.0 PDHs


Due to the interactive nature of this program, there will be no live webinar.

Space is Limited - Register Early




Research students, affiliated educators and collaborators make up The Playful Learning Lab at the University of St. Thomas. Led by Dr. AnnMarie Thomas, the team works together to create engaging, hands-on experiences for PK-12 students and educators - with a focus on fun. Join us to experience firsthand the educational benefits and fun of the Playful Learning Lab. Learn about the program, its purpose and benefits, and research findings from founder and director Dr. AnnMarie Thomas. Then, it's time for some creative lab learning! Work alongside top research students from the University of St. Thomas during active "playful learning" lab time. Learning to create and creating to learn...come join the fun!




AnnMarie is a Professor in the School of Engineering and the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas. She is 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, which offers engineering courses for P-12 educators and conducts research on engineering at the pre-collegiate level. She 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. AnnMarie earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech, and an S.B. in Ocean Engineering from MIT. Additionally, she is the author of "Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation," and completed a professional certificate in Sustainable Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.




  • 2:00 - 2:30 PM - Registration
  • 2:30 - 3:20 PM - Presentation
  • 3:20 - 4:30 PM - Squishy Circuits Creative Circuitry Lab with UST Research Students



  • FREE for current Engineering Alliance Minnesota members (membership must be current on the program date) 

    Engineering Alliance Minnesota members MUST log in to see the free rate

  • $120: Non-members
  • 2020 Partner Cost for Non-Members:
    Premier and Diamond Partners: Free (Bolton & Menk)
    Platinum partners: 50% discount (Burns & McDonnell | IDOM)
    Gold partners: 25% discount (Enbridge | Houston | Loucks | Plaisted | Terracon | SEH | TKDA | WSB)
    Partners: Contact us for a promo code for free or reduced non-member employee registrations


Deadline to Register: Thursday, February 27th

  • All registrations after February 27th will be assessed a $50 late fee through Monday, March 2, 2020
  • No registrations will be accepted after March 2
  • No walk-in registrations will be accepted


To the best of our knowledge, this seminar meets the requirement for continuing education as outlined by the Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Land Surveying, Geoscience and Interior Design.



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