Listen fast! Hear 236 Years of History recited in 17 Seconds!
And you thought patting your head and rubbing your stomach was hard!
If you REALLY want to test your powers of concentration and memory, you should try reciting the names of all 44 American presidents while executing a complicated cup-stacking pattern while surrounded by a distracting chorus of stomping, clapping classmates.
Now do it in 17 seconds.
A nationwide video contest launched by LearningRx inspired a slew of impressive videos of kids reciting the names of all 44 presidents while hitting baseballs, doing gymnastics, and ignoring obnoxious distractions.
The winner of the contest was eleven-year-old Travis Coron of Succasunna, NJ, who scored the grand prize of an iPad in this year’s national President’s Day contest with a 31-second clip that demonstrates amazing concentration, memory and multitasking skills. The 6th grader, who attended the LearningRx Brain Training Center in Chester, New Jersey, quickly recited all 44 U.S. presidents while performing a complicated cup-stacking pattern and blocking out major distractions. (Click here to see Travis in action!)
The contest encouraged kids across the country to create videos that showed their improved memory and attention skills after participating in LearningRx brain training.
Memorizing the presidents is one of the first things students master, says LearningRx Vice President of Research and Development Tanya Mitchell. According to Mitchell, the training exercise strengthens long-term memory, attention and other cognitive skills, and also gives a big boost of self-confidence.
"It’s just one of the ways our brain training helps build smarter, faster and more efficient brains," she explains, adding that "The video is great. It definitely leaves people saying, 'How did he do that?'”
To see more LearningRx contest entries, click here.