Universities providing hands-on learning in STEM to develop job-ready graduates

Many universities today are seeing the advantages of implementing hands-on learning for those studying in STEM-based programmes, as well as other disciplines. The benefits of hands-on learning, or practical learning, is particularly beneficial for STEM subjects as they bring complex concepts to life so they can better retain learned information. According to The Edvocate, “The processes of inquiry, reasoning and collaboration required in STEM learning are similar to any experiential activity; learning activities must be hands-on experiences. “STEM classes also demand rigor and relevance in a curriculum, and the students who take these classes must learn to think critically as they use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to solve real world problems through direct learning experiences.”Students become more engaged and are more likely to remember the information they have learned due to their experience. Rather than just reading and memorising from a textbook, which can leave many students demotivated and cause them to lose interest, hands-on learning stimulates their senses and enables them to become more connected to their learning.

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