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Playing to Learn: A Maker's Perspective + What's New in ABET Engineering Education
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When: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Barr Engineering
4300 MarketPointe Drive Suite 200
Bloomington, Minnesota  55435
United States
Contact: 651-457-2347

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The Maker Movement:

Playing to Learn: A Maker's Perspective +

What's New in ABET Engineering

2.0 PDHs

Attend live at Barr Engineering or via live webinar


Additional group chapter webinar sites are available in the Traverse des Sioux (Mankato) and Southeast (Rochester) Chapters (see registration for details).


The Maker Movement: Playing to Learn: A Maker's Perspective


What role does play have in learning? What makes a maker a maker? The growth of the Maker Movement gives us an opportunity to rethink the role, the places and ways in which learners of all age explore their interests.

AnnMarie Thomas is an engineering professor who is passionate about encouraging the next generation of makers and engineers. AnnMarie joined the faculty of the University of St. Thomas in the fall of 2006. She is the director of the Playful Learning Lab and leads a team of students looking at both the playful side of engineering (squishy circuits for students, the science of circus, toy design) and ways to use engineering design to help others.


AnnMarie served as the Founding Executive Director of the Maker Education Initiative where she worked to establish the national Maker Corps program and lay the groundwork for this nonprofit. Its mission is to "create more opportunities for young people to make, and, by making, build confidence, foster creativity, and spark interest in science, technology, engineering, math, the arts—and learning as a whole."


AnnMarie and her students developed Squishy Circuits. See her TED Talk on it here.
Dr. Thomas co-founded and co-directs the University of St. Thomas Center for Engineering Education (CEE). Through this center, AnnMarie develops and teaches engineering courses for P-12 educators and conducts research on engineering at the pre-collegiate level.

What's New in ABET Engineering Education


Following AnnMarie's presentation, Ron Bennett will lead a brief discussion on what's new in ABET engineering education.


In the year 2000, ABET made a major change in the way engineering programs were evaluated for accreditation, shifting from measuring inputs to outputs, i.e. actually measuring what students learned. They also adopted a continuous improvement process to improve engineering education using learning from thousands of program reviews, which has resulted in changes to two criteria: student outcomes and curriculum. Please join us in reviewing those changes.


Ron is the Founding Dean, Professor Emeritus and Honeywell Fellow in Global Technology Management in the School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas. Prior to entering academia, Ron held executive positions for three decades in the appliance, electronics, medical device and knowledge engineering industries. Though Ron is officially “retired,” he still teaches and publishes on a variety of topics, including leadership and engineering education. Ron is an ABET program evaluator and commissioner. Ron and co-author Elaine Millam wrote the book in 2012 Leadership for Engineers: The Magic of Mindset, which has been used by many organizations, including MnSPE, as a leadership workshop tool. Within MnSPE, Ron serves on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Professional Engineers Foundation.

Registration Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017

All registrations after 12/1 will be assessed a $50 late fee through Sunday, December 3.
No registrations will be accepted after 12/3.
No walk-in registrations will be accepted.


MnSPE members MUST log in to see the free member rate.


Live site attendees have the option to purchase a boxed lunch during the registration process.


Cost: FREE for current MnSPE members, MnSPE Platinum/Gold Industry Partners group webinar sites and non-member Barr Minneapolis office employees.

*Platinum/Gold Industry Partners, contact MnSPE for a free promo code.
*Membership must be current on the date of the seminar.
*Not a current member but want to attend for free? Join MnSPE for 6 months free or rejoin here.


Fee-based registration:

  • Individual non-members (in person or via live webinar): $100
  • Small group webinar site of 3-5 non-members participating: $290
  • Medium group webinar site of 6-10 non-members participating: $575
  • Large group webinar site of 11+ non-members participating: $1,050


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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