Hands On Spill
April 20, 2021. "Today in middle school science, students got a glimpse hands-on of how hard it is to clean up an oil spill!" Mrs. White (Science Instructor)
**The reason hands-on learning is so effective at information retention involves both physiological and psychological impacts of the learning style.
Hands-on learning better engages both sides of the brain. Listening and analyzing processes occur in the left hemisphere, but visual and spatial processes are handled on the right. By combining multiple styles of learning, the brain forms stronger overall connections and is able to store more relevant information.
Brain scans also show increased activity in sensory and motor-related areas of the brain when thinking about concepts they had hands-on experience with.
Being able to touch and see something is simply more powerful than only reading about it.