Speed stacking spurs brain growth

Crossing the midline of the body connects left and right brain

Speed stacking spurs brain growth

JAMES CITY - Speed stacking is when you build and take down pyramids of plastic cups as fast as you can.  This is the first year Brinson Elementary School in James City is taking on the inside sport.  All of these kids started at the same level with three stacks of three cups, and they build to a stack of six cups.

"I didn't really know how to do it that well.  It was pretty embarrassing because I kept knocking over the cups," said fourth grader, Tyler Shy.

The simple act of stacking cups helps the kids develop new connections in their brain, including what's called crossing the "midline" of the body.

"When I take my right hand and touch my left knee, it makes the left-side of my brain work with the right one.  When that happens, it makes you a better reader and math student," said physical education teacher, Megan Davis.

Speed stacking is a global event.  People from all over the world travel to Colorado to compete.  China, England and Switzerland bring teams to hopefully beat world records.

"This is great for students to realize that it's just more than here in New Bern and in North Carolina, but people from all over the world come and compete," said Davis.

While the kids are working on their hand-eye coordination, focus and self-esteem, they are also just playing.

"I like doing it.  It's just fun," said Caroline Bender, student.

Next year, the kids will use stacks of ten cups.

TORI TIDBIT:  The record for stacking three stacks of three cups is 1.53 seconds.

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