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Hands on Learning

Why Are Adults Left Out of Hands-On Science Learning?

Marcos Stafne | Posted 12.07.2014 | Science
Marcos Stafne

A struggle I have with trying to learn science as an adult is that it's often a solitary activity. Working in a children's museum, I'm constantly trying to promote interactive science experiences for kids, but outside museums I haven't found consistent hands-on opportunities for adults to deepen my understanding of science.

The Importance of Hands-On Learning

Temple Grandin, Ph.D | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Temple Grandin, Ph.D

Throughout my career, I have worked with many people in the skilled trades area. To get kids interested, they need to be exposed to the challenging world of hands-on careers before they graduate from high school. The most fun I ever had at work was sitting in the job trailer on a construction site and brainstorming with the guys on how to build things.

Decline of the Biology Nerds?

Nessa Carey | Posted 10.23.2013 | Science
Nessa Carey

Where will the next generation of biology nerds come from? Practically every biologist I know started out as a kid who looked at creatures they found in gardens and rock pools, in parks and dark corners.

Science Fairs -- A Key to Training Future Scientists

James M. Gentile | Posted 06.22.2013 | Science
James M. Gentile

We must promote and continue Science Fair adventures at all grade levels, and in all public and private institutions and Charter Schools. If we do, then each of the young scientists involved can continue to aspire to a STEM career path that will allow them to make a difference in the world.

Unbored: The Power of 'Making' in the Classroom

Joshua Glenn | Posted 03.04.2013 | Education
Joshua Glenn

The idea of "learning by doing" stretches back to education legends Maria Montessori and John Dewey, both of whom felt teachers should act more as guides to students' independent discoveries than as founts of information.

Alabama's New Technical High School Offers Different Pathway To Success

The Montgomery Advertiser | Tiffany Nabors | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education

When freshman Ward Andrew learned about the construction program at the new Montgomery Technical Educational Center, he didn't think twice about regis...

'Is My School Teaching Outdated Lessons?'

Tara Subramaniam | Posted 11.21.2012 | Teen
Tara Subramaniam

My family and I recently had a discussion around the practicality of education. Stereotypically, academia is regarded as devoid from reality, with professors dreamily creating scenarios in the "ivory tower."

Hands-on Learning Boosts Success in the Classroom and Beyond

Elizabeth Marincola | Posted 11.07.2012 | Education
Elizabeth Marincola

We need continued and creative ways to reach and support students interested in participating in scientific research, and teachers willing and prepared to go the extra mile to inspire the next generation of researchers.

Hands On: How to Extend the School Year and Create a More Powerful Workforce

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 10.22.2012 | Education
Brandi Megan Granett

By adding time to the school year, students could be given the chance to explore valuable hands-on training. All students, no matter of their future career, would gain an appreciation of the trades and an understanding of them, which creates a better, more informed, consumer base.

Project-based Learning: How Education Becomes More Relevant to the Real World

Dr. John M. Anderson | Posted 08.27.2012 | College
Dr. John M. Anderson

With project-based learning, the challenge is to set the expectations high, provide support and belief in your student, and get out of the way.

Tinker and Change the World

Larry Bock | Posted 03.28.2012 | Impact
Larry Bock

Tinkering -- that hands-on, garage-based tradition -- is making a comeback among average Americans, promising to change our lives for the better on several fronts.

The Bronx: Making News Again... This Time in Science Education with GreenFab

Linda Cronin-Gross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Linda Cronin-Gross

Today, Kenny Nava, Cathy Jones, Jorge Flores, Samantha Bonilla and about 70 other Bronx high school students will "graduate" from a new, innovative sc...