Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Paoze Thao


The purpose of this capstone project is to examine effective teaching strategies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for kinesthetic learners and how taking a hands-on approach to teaching STEM can facilitate learning for our students. The research provides an overview of the history and evolution of STEM and highlights how students benefit from learning through experience and hands-on activities by integrating the STEM disciplines. This research gathers insight from both public and private school teachers in Monterey County based on their experience and observations teaching STEM education. Through the use of literature reviews, teacher interviews, classroom observations, and personal experiences in primary schools in Monterey County, the results indicate that in order to maximize learning and create an engaging STEM environment for students, educators must adapt their curriculum and instruction around their students’ learning styles to tailor their different learning needs.