This week is our last blog. We presented on Friday may 20th. That week we just worked on our presentation. When we went to Brawerman, we rated the kids stress levels before the activities 1-10 and the average was 9! They were stressed mostly because of their homework and tests. After we worked with them they totally forgot about their homework and tests. Most of their stress levels were at a 1 or 2 after our activities. For our forum we talked about the data,the solution, the problem and our future. We showed our video the audience after we spoke. We also gave out little stress ball when people answered a question right.
This week we worked a lot on putting our research and results on a poster that we will be presenting this Friday on the 19th of March, 2017. We are so excited for March 24th when we will be going back to Brawerman to work with the kids. Instead of playing games, staying active, and meditating like last time, we will be drawing, listening to music, and meditating. This way the kids will get to experience what works best for controlling their own stress.
Over this past week we visited fourth grade kids and presented at Brawerman Elementary. On Monday and Tuesday we created a slideshow and agenda for what we would do with the kids. On Wednesday afternoon all of us arrived at Brawerman to present. First, we gave a presentation introducing ourselves, what we were doing, and showing the kids how to prevent stress. After this we split the kids into two groups to talk to them. First, we asked them what makes them stressed. Second, we asked the kids to rate how they felt when stressed from 1-10, 10 being the worst. Next, we played games with the kids and did breathing exercises. After this we got back into groups to asked the kids to rate their stress and if they would use these exercises. Overall, we had a fun time with the kids and are excited to visit them again.
Over this past week, Maya and Ian planned what we will do when we visit the kids. While they were working on that, Izzy and Nicola worked on a video about preventing stress. On the next day Ian and Maya added to the video and we all started to create a presentation to show the kids. We also contacted Brawerman School and talked to the 4th grade teacher, Ms. Zahavi. We are planning to meet with the 4th graders on Wednesday May 4th, 2017 to talk about mindfulness and play games to make them laugh and have fun to control their stress. Brawerman School excepted our idea and is notifying the kids about our idea so they can meet up with us at their school during lunch. We are very excited to meet the kids and help them cope with their stress!
For our CBL project, we wanted to help kid cope with stress and anxiety. We found that kids’ stress begins at ages 10-12 and wanted to help the kids prevent and control their stress levels without using medication. After dozens of ideas, we finally narrowed it down to one solution. We reached out the fourth grade at Brawerman school and told them we would like to work with the kids to help them reduce their stress levels. We did lots of research to find certain techniques that were scientifically proven to prevent stress. Some of the techniques were exercise, meditation, breathing concentration, fun games, etc. We also thought that we could make a video for the kids to take home so that they could not only do theses techniques with us but also work on their lowering their stress levels by themselves. We had a tough time deciding if we should work with 7th graders at our own school or if we should work with younger kids at other schools. We looked back at our research and saw that actually 4-6 graders have more stress than 7th graders so it would be more useful for the younger grades. Our ideas have changed a lot over time because at first we were going to work with kids in hospitals. We did research and saw that there is actually a person who works with kids in hospitals so we decided to do these techniques with kids who don’t have this option at their school.!