AnnMarie Thomas directs the Playful Learning Lab at the University of St. Thomas. She is a Professor in the School of Engineering, the Opus College of Business, and the Center for Engineering Education. She is the creator of Squishy Circuits, and the author of Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation. The Playful Learning Lab is currently in a multi-year residency at the Minnesota Children’s Museum working on playful family interactions, and a partnership with Metro Deaf School and the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf developing art and technology programming for Deaf children. AnnMarie is an amateur aerialist, focusing on static and flying trapeze.
The LEGO Prize 2020 is awarded to AnnMarie for her remarkable work to create learning through play experiences for children and engaging learning environments for learners and educators.