The benefits of hands on learning are plentiful. First and foremost, students become active participants in their learning. They are able to explore their curiosity and search for answers, express themselves and develop real-world experience. Being actively involved in learning also helps bring education to life, which can engage students far better than traditional desk-based learning.
This year the College invested in a new Analytical Science Hub. Students from Year 5 upwards are learning how to operate and interpret information generated by High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy.
The high-tech pieces of equipment that make up the Analytical Science Hub can be found in most working laboratories, so it’s exciting to have them in the classroom. Access to these instruments provides opportunities for open-ended learning, with students making their own discoveries. The College’s new Observatory will also provide a stimulating learning environment for students to explore.
Hands on learning is a big part of STEAM subjects, and the addition of the ‘A’ for Arts is particularly powerful. Students can actively express themselves through the ‘play’ aspect of subjects such as Drama, Theatre Studies and Music, also building their confidence, coordination and motor skills. Highlighting the creative thinking, experimentation, and visualisation skills used across art and design subjects is vital for continued innovation in STEM.
At ELTHAM College we are proud to be able to provide our students in both the Junior and Senior Schools the opportunity to get hands on with their learning.