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Friday, December 19, 2014

Can youth sports foster creativity? It depends

The Conversation – Matthew Bowers

“Youth sports are viewed as a rite of passage in a child’s development. If the clichés that permeate sports broadcasts and locker room speeches are to be believed, sports participation teaches children the value of hard work, builds character, and develops future leaders. While the validity of these claims are questionable, the fact remains that parents allow millions of children to participate in youth sports each year. At the very least, parents have partial faith in the idea that youth sports are good for their kids…In a study published earlier this fall in the Creativity Research Journal, some colleagues and I wrote an article that investigated the relationship between childhood leisure activities and creativity in young adults…Particularly interesting is that, in spite of an overtly conservative analysis, the results were stark: time spent playing informal sports was significantly and positively related to overall creativity, while time spent playing organized sports was significantly and negatively related to overall creativity.”(more)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Concussion treatment for youths up 50% in seven years, study finds

The Star – Katrina Clarke

“Between April 2003 and March 2010, the number of concussion-related visits for youths ages 3 to 18 increased by nearly 50 per cent, according to a study from York University and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). The total rate of concussions per 100,000 increased from 467 to 754 for boys and from 209 to 441 for girls over a seven-year period.”(more)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Languages in schools: put down the textbook and pick up a drum

The Guardian – Amy Ashenden

“The University of Chicago found, in August this year, that even hand gestures can help children retain spoken languages. Dr Susan Goldin-Meadow’s study on 50 toddlers and their parents found that gesticulation makes words easier to understand by adding imagery to the categorical distinctions that form the core of spoken and sign languages. Gestures are particularly useful for picking up nouns at an early age.” (more)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

How Sports Can Help Your Kids Outsmart Everyone Else

Time – Jon Wertheim and Tobias Moskowitz

“The playing field provides the ideal context for learning fractions, probability, equations, risk assessment, principles of finance, behavioral economics and even multi-variable calculus.” (more)

Friday, September 26, 2014

‘Motor’ musts for every child

Herald Review – Tiffany Madsen

“Legos and playgrounds are for busy children that need things to capture their attention and use up energy, right? Wrong!…When children are playing on a playground, playing a sport, dancing or riding a bike, they are building and learning large muscles and large motor control. When children are playing Legos, dressing Barbies, buttoning and zipping clothes, drawing or playing Playdoh, they are building and learning fine motor and fine motor control…Parents just need the information and tools to recognize how to help…” (more)

Friday, August 29, 2014

San Francisco 49ers, Chevron Team Up on STEM Education

Education News – Grace Smith

“The San Francisco 49ers’ aren’t just about football — the team has developed a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative along with Chevron to boost learning opportunities for nearby students.”

The San Francisco 49ers’ aren’t just about football — the team has developed a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative along with Chevron to boost learning opportunities for nearby students. The 49ers staff is working with 60 students from Cabrillo Middle School through the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute’s Chevron STEM Zone:


“When we broke ground on Levi’s® Stadium 26 months ago, an idea started germinating about doing something really significant in the community commensurate with when we were cutting the ribbon on Levi’s® Stadium,” said Joanne Pasternack, director of community relations & 49ers Foundation. “We went through a number of ideas, but the item that really resonated with our ownership and with the 49ers Foundation and our mission, was taking outstanding kids who are under resourced and helping them have the opportunity to become absolutely exceptional and to do amazing things in their life.”


The Chevron STEM Zone is an interactive space that will allow students to learn how math, science, engineering, and science connect to everyday life.


The Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) and the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) developed the zone as part of a $4 million investment made by the 49ers Foundation and Chevron. In addition to this classroom, the grant from Chevron will support STEM education at the Denise DeBartolo York Education Center’s Chevron STEM Zone at the 49ers Museum, teaching young people the Science of Football. (more)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Bullyproof for school: A jujitsu master mixes kale and stopping bullies

The Christian Science Monitor – Lisa Suhay

“Rener Gracie and Brian Ortega are famous for their jujitsu and mixed martial arts skills respectively, but they are also making a big impact outside of their sports by helping kids to deal with bullies through the ‘BullyProof’ summer camp.” (more)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH

Education Week – AP

“Experimentation with human growth hormones by America’s teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey.” (more)

Friday, June 27, 2014

This Month in STEM, World Cup Edition – Goal-Line Tech

Change the Equation – Staff Writer

“Whether you’re an avid soccer fan or just like to tune in once every four years, it seems like everyone’s talking about the World Cup! But it’s not just the action on the field that’s getting all the attention – the tech is also front and center…for the first time, goal-line technology has been incorporated into the tournament, allowing officials and fans a more accurate determination of whether or not a goal has been scored…Check out more examples of how technology is revolutionizing the world’s most popular soccer event…” (more)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sport builds girls’ confidence, says schools leader

BBC – Judith Burns

“Girls should take part in competitive sport to build confidence and resilience, the leader of a group of girls’ schools will argue this week.”(more)