With the quick adoption of virtual classrooms, it may seem that hands-on activities have fallen by the wayside.
The shift of classrooms from physical to virtual should not underscore the importance of hands-on activities; if anything, they have brought out the vitality of maintaining a sense of physical learning in a time of separation.
For students in STEM classes, teaching in the natural world is the key way of communicating information to all types of learners; it is critical that teachers adopt the methods of hands-on activities in the online era towards their classrooms in order to gear their students for success!
Luckily, there are plenty of creative ways to implement hands-on learning in your classroom.
Leveraging DIY resources
A variety of educational and governmental entities have turned to posting a plethora of do-it-yourself STEM activities in this time of isolation.
Many of these experiments can be done with staple goods!
Organize an experiment based on one of these DIY activities and have students collaborate and share results!
Use the digital platform to have students recording themselves performing the experiment for others to see; apply the different ways each student performs the experiment to have them mix and match, trying to reach the goal in different paths to produce several new, insightful experiences that provide for several classes of learning and discovery!
Allow your students to design the experiment
The pandemic has brought the issue of resources to many families; as a teacher, it is hard to ensure every student has the same opportunities.
Posing a problem to your class and giving your students the liberty to design the experiment not only solves this problem but reinforces creative and critical thinking!
This is a perfect solution to infuse project-based learning, and the values of teamwork, into your classroom.
Use a STEM kit to reinforce experimental design
If you want to broaden the opportunities for all students while providing some structure and boundaries to your experimental design task, a STEM kit is what you need.
With a uniform set of materials for all students and a set of included experiments, a kit provides plentiful self-study, hands-on opportunities bridging into a more independent mindset.
Introducing hands-on education into your classroom does not have to be difficult; if you want to reinvigorate your digital classroom with the necessary benefits of sensory activities, solar4STEM is an excellent option for renewable energy and electricity lessons.
With dozens of included experiments, ranging in complexity, and a wide array of materials geared toward solar education, solar4STEM is perfect for any age range.
Reintroduce the strengths of applied knowledge with CME to bolster student achievement!