Hands-on Learning is the process of learning by doing. This approach is a more project-based approach than theoretical. Hands-on education has proven to be an effective supplement to theoretical engineering education. The implementation of hands-on training curricula has led to positive results such as higher student retention rates, increased quality in their design output, and better student engagement.
There are many benefits of Hands on Education. The three that we would like to focus on for the Florida Tech Hans on Learning Course are described below:
Increased Learning Retention - When looking at lecture material retention rates of other presentation styles versus hands-on methods, research shows that learners retain only 5% of material presented through lecture and 30% of which is taught by demonstration. Hands-on participation, on the other hand, can lead to as much as a 75% retention rate.
Improved Problem Solving – Hands-on training can expose students to challenges and obstacles similar to those encountered in the real world. Providing a safe training environment for the development of their problem-solving skills and preparing them for a modern-day workforce.
Currently, the COES provides a number of Hands-On Seminars to prepare the students for their design experiences; some of these include Subtractive and Additive manufacturing, Electronic manufacturing techniques, Composites, welding, and a variety of CNC Machines. Florida Techs Hands-on on Curriculum trains students in the different available resources on campus, while at the same time introducing innovative design techniques.
Seminars (Open to all Students and Staff)
With 50- 120 Minutes per instance, classes have a project-based learning approach and include the review of a Job Breakdown Sheet for each equipment. Each class includes an evaluation of core competencies at the end of the session. Classes are offered multiple times a semester and the successful completion of the evaluation will authorize the student to use the equipment with supervision.
Completion of all Modules will grant the student a MAKER LEVEL certification for each equipment.
Soldering and Wiring:
Microcontroller with Arduino:
PCB Design and Circuit Design:
Plasma Cutting and Welding:
Sandblasting and Powder Coating:
Benchtop Manual Mill:
Benchtop Manual Lathe
Introduction to CNC Machining:
Essential CAD Design:
2D Design and Embroidering: