From the research that we have completed, it demonstrates the need for schools and neighborhoods to have a place where children learn by doing. We have explained what the professionals think about Hands-On- Learning and the benefits to young people today.
It would be interesting to conduct future studies, seeing if schools that have a hands on learning center, utilize this area, have higher grades and test scores in the area of science or other subjects. One follow-up study we thought about doing is contacting schools in our area, and asking them if they use a hands-on science program and researching their test scores to see our own correlation. This would give us information demonstrating an even greater importance to support our cause.
It is obvious from just an informal questionnaire that students in our school want to use the courtyard area more to learn. They want to “do” the activities and learn more about the outdoors. We hope that the information that we have provided to you has helped you understand the importance of learning about nature and learning by doing. Our survey results prove that more kids would like to make are courtyard fit the title, "A lot of Learning." Maybe, it's because they don't have time, or don't no how to care for it. But most of all I think it's because it's hard to watch a whole class of active children in a big area of plants. If you are asked “Should we have an outdoor hands-on learning area?” respond with an affirmative yes!