Imagine an educational experience where kids are playing games, being physically active , and learning to code at the same time. Sounds amazing, right?
At Unruly Studios, we’re all about seeking new ways to combine physical fitness with playful games that challenge kids to think critically and problem solve on the go. In our latest STEM and Fitness Activity Pack, we’ll explore all these elements and more to get fun fitness games in schools back on track!
According to the CDC, physical fitness helps children strengthen muscles and bones, reduce anxiety, build confidence, and improve overall health. However, despite these benefits, less than 24% of children between the ages of 6-17 participate in 60 minutes of physical activity everyday.
Schools are uniquely positioned to boost fun fitness games through physical education and build student learning and comprehension at the same time. SHAPE America, the Society of Health and Physical Educators, recently highlighted the benefits of integrating physical activity in the classroom. This SHAPE article specifically outlines the health and academic benefits of fun fitness games in the classroom, shares strategies to help schools integrate a fitness routine throughout the school day, and highlights the role of PE teachers.
While a return to school might look different this fall, Unruly Splats help schools combine STEM and active play through virtual and in-person fun fitness games. Splats are programmable, stomp-able floor buttons that students code on an iPad or Chromebook to code the rules that make Splats light up and make sounds. Students use virtual or physical Splats to code fun fitness games like relay races, whack-a-mole, and obstacle courses.
Although many elementary and middle school teachers found it challenging to keep fun fitness games in their virtual lesson plans, our new STEM and fitness activity pack does just that! No matter where learning is taking place this fall, at home or in the classroom while keeping students safely distanced, these activities are a sure way to get students into a fitness routine while learning!
In addition to SEL-friendly lesson plans and activities for virtual and in-person learning, we are offering all Unruly members a back-to-school coding bootcamp plus ongoing training, flexible membership start dates, and discounted pricing when you request a quote before July 15.
We’re kicking our Unstoppable Play series off with coding activities for middle school students to track their fitness goals and monitor their progress. We’re offering six specific fun fitness games designed to get students thinking about what works best for their fitness routine. Through these activities, they’ll use coding skills to create a simple set of tools, namely a countdown, stopwatch, or circuit. Next up, they’ll learn how to use the tools they’ve created for a series of exercises and track their progress in the Splats Fitness Challenge Log.
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Splats in Action
Build muscle for the body and the brain with all of these unique activities to combine fitness and coding in a totally engaging and challenging way.
Let’s go! To bring an Unruly Fitness routine to your students we’re summarizing a few quick and easy steps to break it all down:
We’re interested in hearing how you like to combine fitness goals with classroom learning. Share your approach with us at on Twitter with the hashtag #WeAreUnruly or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas to boost physical activity!