It can be difficult to understand the relevance of learning materials when simply reading theory from a textbook.
But by encouraging kids to apply theory through action and experimentation, activity-based learning shows students the link between learning materials and real-life situations and/or challenges.
Deeper knowledge of subjects
Activity-based learning encourages kids to delve beyond the surface of theory to acquire a deeper knowledge of their chosen subjects.
Research has suggested kids retain information for longer when knowledge is acquired through experimentation.
Whilst textbooks often teach kids theories and subject-specific information, activity-based learning encourages the development of broader, cross-disciplinary skills.
Through activity-based techniques such as problem solving and independent research, kids will develop the ability to think critically, investigate, be creative and innovate.
These skills will benefit kids both inside and outside the classroom, and are already forming a fundamental part of modern job requirements.
A flexible learning approach
As opposed to traditional assessment techniques (e.g. essays and exams), activity-based learning provides kids with a variety of ways to express their knowledge.
Kids are assessed not only on their ability to recall written theory, but on their ability to solve problems, apply knowledge, and present findings.
A modern approach to learning
Whilst textbook-learning is often considered the ‘traditional’ schooling method, activity-based learning represents a more modern approach to education.
Activity-based learning provides an opportunity for schools to incorporate modern technologies into the curriculum by employing resources such as the internet, computers and interactive whiteboards.
This allows children to familiarise themselves with modern technologies that will likely play a key role in their future (both in their jobs, and in their future society).
The best of both worlds
At STEMmates, we seek to deliver the best of both learning techniques.
Whilst our STEMmates courses are divided into structured modules with clearly outlined learning outcomes (typically associated with text-book style learning), STEMmates also focuses on activity-based learning techniques that help students develop the cross-disciplinary skills required to succeed in the modern environment.
By encouraging kids to explore, discover and investigate the modern world around them, we aim to create a passion for learning that will help our kids succeed in modern society.
To find out more about our learning courses, visit the STEMmates website or call 1300 793 465.