Speaking

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Whether speaking to a corporate audience, or a room full of preschoolers, I revel in the chance to create engaging, surprising, presentations.

To book a speaking engagement, please contact my manager, Michael Frick, using the handy button below. Simply click and provide a bit of information about your event, and we will be in touch within the coming 48 hours. And videos of previous presentations can be found here.

 
 

PLAYING WITH CREATIVITY AT TEDX

Creativity can be a catch-all phrase to speak to the need to see the solutions and possibilities right in front of us, but often invisible to the mind, or, like playing a tough chess game, a few moves out before hinting at its presence.

PLAYING WITH, AND FOR DATA: LESSONS IN DATA ACROSS CREATIVE FIELDS

Unusual collaborations can often lead to new ways of taking, and analyzing data. This talk looks at lessons learned from working with chefs, circus performers, and preschoolers.

TED TALKS: HANDS-ON SCIENCE WITH SQUISHY CIRCUITS

In a demo at TED, AnnMarie shows how two different homemade play doughs can be used to demonstrate electrical properties – by lighting up LEDs, spinning motors, and turning little kids into circuit designers.

 

MAKERSPACE ASSEMBLY for PK-12 Students

In the fall of 2017, Mounds Park Academy announced that they were naming a PK-12 makerspace after me, and asked me to speak to their students about my career. The kids had the best questions!

WORLD MAKER FAIRE 2012: EVERY CHILD A MAKER

AnnMarie talks about the work of the Maker Education Initiative, focusing on developing the people, places and practices to allow more children the opportunity to be makers. 

TEDxTC: MAKING MAKERS

AnnMarie addresses the important role that making played in the childhoods of many of today's adult innovators, educators, designers, and engineers. This is contrasted with some of the ways in which today's children are allowed to explore the world around them.

 

SERIOUS PLAY-DOUGH: INSPIRING YOUNG SCIENTISTS

At the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, AnnMarie and her team demonstrate that science or engineering lessons can be found in almost anything – and a sense of play can make those lessons accessible and incite young minds.

IGNITE MPLS: WHY MAKING MATTERS

AnnMarie gives her 5-minute Ignite talk, "Why Making Matters" at The Heights Theatre in Minneapolis on April 21, 2011.

GOOGLE SCIENCE FAIR 2013: GAP BETWEEN ART & SCIENCE?

What's a "Maker"? How do you become one? And can you actually use play dough to make a circuit board? AnnMarie Thomas, executive director of the Maker Education Initiative, can tell you. We asked her: What gap exists between art and science, and how are they being bridged together?

 

MAKER CAMP: SQUISHY CIRCUITS

Week 5, Weird Science Wednesday at Maker Camp. Learn all about the science of electricity with squishy circuits. Maker Camp, sponsored by MAKE magazine, was a virtual summer camp for teens, with a focus on creating, building, and discovering.From July 16th through August 24th, 2012, 30 awesome projects were made in 30 days, on Google+.

SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE PLAY: DR. ANNMARIE THOMAS

How many engineering professors do you know that understand both the science of circus and regularly soar through the air on a trapeze? Meet one who does. Dr. AnnMarie Thomas is an Associate Professor at the University of St. Thomas.