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College of Engineering and Science

Hands On Seminars

What is Hands On Learning

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.


Benefits of Hands-on Learning

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. 


Current Hands-on Learning Curriculum

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)

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.

Please Register with a Florida Tech Email to be included into the Canvas Section.

Topics Include:


Laser Cutter

3D Printing

Soldering and Wiring

Microcontrollers w/ Arduino

PCB Design and Circuit Design

Plasma Cutting & Welding 

Hotwire CNC

Sandblasting and Powder Coating

Waterjet Cutting


Introduction to CNC Machining

Essential CAD Design

Manual Mill (Benchtop)

Manual Lathe (Benchtop)

Vacuum Forming

2D Design & Embroidering