How can children be inspired to learn more about tech? One of the best methods is through hands-on learning. In hands-on learning, children are able to be inspired directly by those in the industry, visualizing themselves within the field and finding the specializations that interest them the most.
KodeConnect's School Vacation Field Trip with Slalom Consulting
On April 18th, students visited Slalom Consulting to learn more about engineering and problem solving. During their field trip, they worked hands-on with engineers to see how they tackled the challenges they face day-to-day, in addition to learning about a variety of roles in the tech field, and brainstorming new products and designs.
By connecting education to real world problems, our students were able to see how valuable and diverse the field of technology and engineering can truly be.
Hands-On Learning Gives Concrete Results
One of the major advantages to hands-on learning is that kids are able to connect in a tangible way. By touring a technological firm or seeing technology in use, they're inspired to see themselves in roles and contexts that they may not have imagined before. Tech is all about giving kids options: showing them what is possible.
Hands-on learning forms memories that will last a lifetime. At Slalom Consulting, kids were able to take part in multiple levels of the company's design and development process.
Keying In to a Child's Learning Style
It's well-known that some children are more visual learners, some auditory, and some hands-on. Some children have to be able to see something, others do better while listening. A walkthrough of local companies that are highly technical or tech-inspired engages all of a child's senses, giving them more opportunities to connect with the experience.
Meeting Role Models in the Tech Industry
Often, children need to really see the people within an industry to connect to a path for them. By seeing people like them inside of a tech field, they will be inspired to learn more about it. Role models within the technical field can serve as inspirations, telling children exactly what it is about the tech industry that inspires them.
During their time at Slalom Consulting, the students were able to learn about the various roles that were used to build a product, and were able to see themselves within those roles.
There are many benefits to hands-on learning and business-related outreach programs. By showing children how technology is being used in the real world, you can open up their minds to the possibilities. For companies, this type of community outreach serves to foster learning in the new generation. To learn more, connect with us at KodeConnect.