Professor Carlos Barrios brought students from his Fall 20017 precast studio to Tindall Concrete's Spartanburg, South Carolina plant to spend a day getting some hands-on experience with precast.
The group of students was hosted by Tindall Vice President David Britt. After receiving instruction about precast concrete, the students built forms with a variety of finishes, placed the concrete, and once the concrete cured stripped the panels.
This type of experiential learning is something that the PCI Foundation has encouraged in the 10 years since it began sponsoring education programs at universities. By moving beyond theory to the realm of "learning by doing," students get a first hand experience with topics they are first taught in the classroom. Studies have shown that this type of activity plays an important role in student retaining concepts and idea. Experiential learning is also about applying the concepts students already know to real situations.