How did you learn to walk? By walking. How did you learn to drive? By driving. So how are you going to learn to be the most effective and technologically savvy technician? By getting your hands dirty.
Reading and studying are integral facets of the learning process. Textbooks and manuals are like the building blocks from which we construct our knowledge, understanding and first impressions. But the hands-on part is where we develop our skill set, where we get our hands dirty, and where we hone our expertise.
A study performed by Purdue University about the effects of hands-on learning in the engineering and technology sectors revealed that “the students who were involved in a hands-on project learned more and demonstrated a deeper understanding of the issues than the traditional group.” Hands-on learning does not have to replace or substitute traditional learning forms, but should be considered as yet another vital angle of the learning process. The study also suggested that the hands-on approach was highly successful for non-native English speakers who were able to use “drawings, words, or phrases” to communicate. In the world of education, hands-on learning could possibly be the common denominator among students of different languages, cultures and learning styles.
This learning cone shows that people generally remember 90% of what they do as opposed to 50% of what they see and hear. Active learning which includes participating, designing, simulating and performing accounts for a larger percentage of retention and productivity.
This “get your hands dirty” teaching method has been a foundation of Bay State School of Technology’s mission since its founding in 1982. From the Electronics Technician Course and Appliance Repair to HVAC and Heating & Air Conditioning Courses, Bay State’s entire course offering revolves around the notion that digging in and getting experience is the mortar that seals together the building blocks of the learning process. Lead by industry professionals who bring real-life situations into the classroom, students are forced to think outside-the-box to create tangible and worthwhile solutions to a range of problems and malfunctions. Bay State Tech students work on real world equipment and issues to prepare themselves for their first entry level positions. This hands-on training in school combined with on-the-job training will propel you into a successful career.
Interested in receiving a hands-on education? Contact Bay State Tech today!