Studies have shown that hands-on learning contributes to a successful education.

When hands-on activities are employed, teaching is more fun and students are more motivated to learn. 86% of RAFT teachers tell us they are doing more hands-on activities in their classrooms since joining RAFT, and 89% report offering a wider variety of hands-on activities. 93% report that their students are more engaged in learning and retain knowledge longer as a result of their hands-on experiences. (RAFT Member Survey, January, 2009).

Please find below studies and white papers that support the importance of hands on methods of teaching in the 21st century.

Case for Hands-on Learning:

By using handson instruction, educators are fostering the 21st century skills that students need to be successful: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Hands-on activities encourage a lifelong love of learning and motivate students to explore and discover new things.

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Student Impact Study:

RAFT hands-on learning model promotes achievement in Bay Area schools. An independent research study shows that RAFT Hands-on Learning Activities engage students and improves academic performance.

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