Building Working Memory Through WBR After School Adventures
After School Outdoor Adventure Program
Fall / Winter 2016
There are several good reasons to try and build physical activity or exercise sessions into your student’s weekly schedule, to give them the best chance of meeting academic goals. Recent studies from the University of Florida show a 50% increase in working memory in students who participate in 2 hrs of proprioceptive activity – (aka balancing, climbing, running etc). “This research suggests that by doing activities that make us think, we can exercise our brains as well as our bodies,” said Dr. Ross Alloway, a research associate.
Wondering why working memory is so important for learning? Working memory is loosely defined as the place our brains store information, while our bodies are in action. It’s the info we can access while performing a task. Working memory is vital to tasks in the classroom, such as following instructions, keeping track of time & where they need to be, and even remembering to do homework.
The Wild Blue Ropes Explorers program is purposefully designed to help increase working memory & promote academic success, through physical activity and outdoor experience. For Fall / Winter 2016 our outdoor high climbing adventure programs will run on Thursday afternoons – for 5 week periods – with three available sessions. The After School Adventure program helps to develop students’ skills in critical thinking, problem solving, motor planning, agility, stamina, self awareness & confidence.
Session 1: Thursday September 1st – Thursday September 29th.
Session 2: Thursday October 6th – Thursday November 3rd.
Session 3: Thursday November 10th – Thursday December 15th (No session Thanksgiving Day).
Wild Blue Ropes After School Program will run from 4 to 6 pm and is available for children 8 to 14 years old.
The Wild Blue Explorers Program will be held at Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park, located at 1595 Highland Avenue Charleston, SC 29412. Cost is $100/participant and includes a Wild Blue Ropes T-shirt.