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Segal Seminar Series

AnnMarie Thomas: Designing Bridges Between Disciplines

April 7, 2015,4: 00 - 5: 00p.m.
Ford Engineering Design Center
Room 1.350 (ITW Classroom)
2133 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL 60208

Designing Bridges Between Disciplines: Lessons Learned from Unusual Collaborations


Unusual combinations of fields and organizations can lead to uniquely rich learning opportunities. In this talk I'll discuss projects involving students and the intersection of topics such as engineering dynamics at a circus arts program, joint design projects for engineering undergraduates and preschool students, and dancers collaborating with engineering students. I will discuss lessons we learned through these collaborations, both with regards to student outcomes and design processes.


AnnMarie Thomas is an engineering professor at the University of St. Thomas, where she directs the Center for Engineering Education and the Playful Learning Lab. Her research and teaching focuses on Engineering Design, PK-12 Engineering Education, and the design of Playful Learning environments and tools such as Squishy Circuits. She was the founding executive director of the Maker Education nonprofit, and is the authors of "Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation." AnnMarie has an SB in Ocean Engineering from MIT, and MS and PhD degrees from Caltech.

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