"Playing to Learn"
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About The Event
Playing is such a critical aspect of development. Over the past couple of decades our society (including marketing for toys, videos, and other items aimed at infants and young children) seemed to focus on improving children's academic performance. What research is now showing (and Magda Gerber observed, advocated for, and taught) is that children learn best through play! Play helps develop an understanding of the world, how things work (or don't work), social emotional skills, critical thinking skills, immersing oneself fully in the activity at hand, and more. Not only is play is critical for young children, it's critical for adults as well. It makes us feel more fulfilled, successful in work, and personal life, and healthier. So, we invite you to join us on November 30th to spend some time with Dr. AnnMarie Thomas, "Playing to Learn."
Dr AnnMarie Thomas is a professor at the University of St. Thomas in both the College of Business and School of Engineering. Her work- at the intersection of technology, creativity, and play- focuses on developing new ways to look at challenge so as to lead to innovative solutions. She is the director of the Playful Learning Lab, where she leads a team looking at the playful side of engineering.
She was the founding executive director of the Maker Education Initiative non-profit, and is the author of the book “Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation.”
Dr. Thomas has collaborated with a variety of organizations and companies ranging from Disney to the Alinea Restaurant Group. She has a PhD from Caltech in Mechanical Engineering, and an SB from MIT in Ocean Engineering.
Reserve your spot today and join us for a special evening complete with a "hands-on" activity!