by Christa Cordrey
Pearl-Cohn High School (
- Puzzles: Working puzzles releases dopamine (the brain fuel that affects motivation and attitude) into your brain every time you are able to connect a piece and feel that sense of accomplishment. [Psychology Today]
- Coloring: Some scientists think coloring can reduce stress and increase productivity. [Psychology Today] Cordrey has a community coloring station, in which anyone can contribute to a large poster-sized coloring project, as well as individual coloring pages for students to choose from.
- Crafting: Crafting can reduce stress, anxiety and depression. [CNN] Cordrey has provided materials for collages, origami, drawing, and more.
- Legos: Legos inspire creativity and problem solving. Computer programmers at MIT (the creators of the Scratch coding platform) say they got started in the engineering field with Legos. [MIT] Cordrey started with a small set of generic building blocks and hopes to grown the collection as students begin to use the materials.