Twenty two excited 4th and 5th grade Allen elementary students are rookie participants in a newly formed after school club which meets once a week and allows students to race against themselves, the clock and one another to see how quickly they can stack specially designed plastic cups in various sequences. Mr. Jason Fischer, father of two Allen elementary students volunteered to use his knowledge of speed cup stacking and his teaching experience in physical education to help launch the program at Allen Elementary. The students are off to an enthusiastic start and have eagerly demonstrated some of their new found skills to their principal, Mr. Fife some of their teachers.
Speed cup stacking has been demonstrated to enhance hand-eye coordination, right and left brain activation, promote team building, enhance self esteem, and encourage physical fitness when creatively coupled with activities and races like those Mr. Fischer uses with the students at Allen. The SpeedStacks.com website says, “For teachers and parents, we’ve always touted handeye coordination, quickness and ambidexterity. We now can substantiate those claims. A university study by Dr. Brian Udermann, currently at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse, confirms that stacking improves hand-eye coordination and reaction time by up to 30 percent. Sport stacking helps students develop bilateral proficiency equal performance on both sides of the body. By increasing bilateral proficiency, a student develops a greater percentage of the right side of the brain, which houses awareness, focus, creativity and rhythm. Stacking helps train the brain for sports and other activities where the use of both hands is important, such as playing a musical instrument or using the computer.
Sequencing and patterning are also elements of sport stacking, which can help with reading and math skills.” Eventually as the sport grows in our area there may actually be competitions held but for now these students are happy to grow their skills and have lots of fun seeing how fast they can master the different cycles. Watch out Allen parents and faculty a challenge may be in the works!