Where are the Brain Games?
Story By: Jenny Park Editor: Alice Lee Web Designer: Claire Kim
Where are the Brain Games? The Brain Games have been added to the house team games for middle school students attending Seoul International School, with the duration of 5 weeks, starting from March 1. The Brain Games are a series of competition, where there are different games every week, starting from Jenga to Logic Puzzles. Mr. Munro and Mr. Macklin, as the host of the Brain Games, had been looking forward for this event, but, unfortunately the results did not turn out as they had expected.
The Brain Games turned out to be unpopular among most of the middle schoolers, and was eventually cancelled for 7th and 8th graders. There were few participants from 6th grade, but absolutely none from the upper grades.
The purpose of this new activity was to provide an alternative to basketball for students who are not comfortable with sports. “Basketball doesn’t have a lot of people on the court at any given time, so it’s an opportunity for people who want to be involved but don’t necessarily want to do basketball,” said Mr. Macklin.
The main reason why the Brain Games attracted some 6th graders to participate in this new activity was because many of them enjoyed playing games, such as chess, and many students preferred these games over being physically active. However it was a different case for 7th and 8th graders because the majority of the students were more interested in basketball more than playing games, and the difference in interest was a major reason why the Brain Games could not be successful for the whole middle school.
Another reason why the Brain Games was not as successful was because the majority of the students were oblivious of the new activity. Students were briefly notified about it few times, but it was clearly not enough to make this activity become fully aware for the students. A notification was sent by Mr. Munro regarding general information about the new alternative, but it lacked the detailed information about the whole activity. Better publicity of the Brain Games would perhaps have led to a better chance for success.
There is a need for improvement for the Brain Games in order to raise more participants next year, which could be achieved by notifying the student body of this new activity so that they know that they have a choice whether to play sports or use their brain.