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. She 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."
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.
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