1. To provide children with more activity breaks during their school day, we recruited sports exercise and media students from Oregon State University to produce an exercise DVD called Brain Breaks: Classroom Fitness for Children. The short segments of physical activity breaks in the DVD are demonstrated by OSU sports exercise students, OSU student athletes, and local school children. They can all be done in a classroom setting. All the segments were filmed in the KVBR Studio, a student-run television station on the Oregon State University campus. They include include stretching and flexibility, strengthening and aerobic moves such as jumping in place.

    Find out more at: http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/healthyyouth/brainbreaks.shtml

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  3. Take few seconds and let your brain take a break out of the daily stress.

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  4. Synopsis: Since 2000, neuroscientists have begun collaborating with Buddhist meditators to study the short and long term effect of meditation on brain functions. Ground-breaking results have shown that inner training of the mind can deeply change the way we are. If altruism, compassion and happiness are skills, one should not underestimate the power of transformation of mind and give it due importance to the profound methods that allow one to become a better human being. Happiness is not limited to a few agreeable sensations, intense pleasure or a burst of joy. Rather, genuine happiness is being a deep sense of fulfilment that arises from an exceptionally healthy mind; a way of being that pervades all emotional states, and give us the inner resources to deal with whatever comes our way.

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  5. I and a group of three other students from Ex'pression College for Digital Arts were solely tasked with creating an animation to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of the Motion Conference.

    Each year Motion brings together the most creative and talented minds from the motion graphic design, animation, and visual effects industries. Over the course of three days, attendees share their work, ideas, wisdom, and ultimately they gain new creative perspectives.

    This stop motion animation reinterprets and deconstructs two very iconic design pieces, Pete Mondrian's "Broadway Boogie Woogie" and El Lissitzky's "Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge". By using jello, which is bright, colorful, malleable, and very unpredictable, we intended to elude to the idea that design should always be approached with new angles and perspectives. Creatives should constantly think outside of the box, know the rules and know how and when to break them and to fearlessly explore new approaches.

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BRAIN BREAKS

Martha Minasian

SHORT SPURTS OF ACTIVITY FOR STUDENTS

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