Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

AnnMarie Thomas, Ph.D.

University of St. Thomas

Playfully Engineering Education

Wednesday — August 10, 2011
Pacific Forum — 3:00 p.m.

This talk will look at the playful side of engineering education, both at the collegiate and the pre-collegiate levels.

For the collegiate portion of the talk I'll share some of the unusual collegiate level engineering collaborations that I've participated in, such as "Engineering Dynamics + Circus" and "Engineering Design + Preschoolers." The motivation for, and lessons learned from, these collaborations will be discussed.

The second part of this talk will look at the growing trend of incorporating Engineering into K-12 curricula. One project from the University of St. Thomas which attempts to bring engineering to even the youngest children is the "Squishy Circuits" project. We've developed recipes for both a conductive and an insulating play dough, which allow users to sculpt electrical circuits.

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