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Hands on is key to learning, says student

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WHAT SORT of environment creates the best conditions to learn about engineering?

This was the question posed by independent ademic organisation, the Higher Education Academy to university students studying engineering.

The best answer came from Imperial College civil and environmental engineering student Martin Stanley, who was presented with this year's Student Award last month. Stanley is also an ICE Quest scholar receiving £1,500 a year to study engineering.

His essay on What makes the best learning experience for an engineering student- drew on his experience of working in industry during university holidays.

'Participating in any activity 'hands-on' is the best way to learn. Any interactive learning experiences - be they lab work, design projects, site visits, fi eld trips or work placements - are the best learning experiences for any engineering student, ' said Stanley in his winning essay.

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