How the Sciences and Hands-On Learning Have Effected Classrooms


As an eighth grader, I have been visiting different high schools to see which one I feel is the best fit for me. While touring different schools, I was able to see how each school has a different way of integrating life skills into the classroom. What has been the most common was STEAM. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) is relatively new in some schools and has already made an impact. STEAM has encouraged students to explore different parts of science and look at how different subjects can come together to help make a student better at any other subject. While touring schools, the most interesting thing I heard about STEAM was that a student that is best in one subject can use STEAM to apply that subject to others. This means that although one student may be great at art, they can use those creativity skills in technology and engineering to help solve a problem. This has also been shown in all the hands-on work now commonly seen in schools. While looking at these schools, I noticed that many teachers have a lot of hands-on learning to help the students learn better. Instead of the students always taking notes and being lectured to, they are able to learn how things work for themselves which ultimately helps the learning process in the long run. The same way that children learn not to eat something they don’t enjoy, students are able to learn not to do certain things to avoid a bad outcome. This was mostly shown in science classrooms and technology classes where students were able to find solutions for themselves instead of always being told what to do. Although the learning process can be messy, allowing students to learn lessons themselves and interact with their surroundings is a great way to help students grasp information for themselves.