Hands-On STEM

This week, the Comparative Anatomy class dissected turtles.  The students went about their work with precision and care, using their hands to better understand the turtle's anatomy.  It is an experience that helped them gain a deeper understanding than what a lecture or a textbook could give them.  Hands-on, tactile learning, is critical to STEM subjects.  Students need to use their hands to explore what they are learning, and consult with teachers and other students about their findings and their hypotheses. The best STEM classrooms are "live" classrooms, filled with energy, discussion, and opportunities for hands-on experimentation.  The new STEM building has been designed to facilitate that exact kind of classroom--expanding students' opportunities for tactile learning and experimentation; facilitating seamless transitions between lecture and lab; more fully integrating technology as a core component to the curriculum. The new academic building will create the space to support the kind of learning that our teachers and students need to further expand the possibilities in the classroom.