What's not to like?
By Rowan Bhagar
Fidgets. What is a fidget? A fidget is something that people use to stay focused, while giving their hands something to do. Fidgets take shape in many forms: spinners, fidget cubes, slime, stress balls, and so many more. They are all around us. The fidget epidemic is sweeping the nation and everyone is going crazy to get a fidget. This is the way of today, we used to click pens, hum, tap our fingers, and whistle, but now we use fidgets!
Kids love to use them in class and whenever they can. It helps kids, especially if they have ADHD, to help them focus and be more productive. One of the most popular fidgets are the spinner. You pinch it with your fingers and flick it and it spins right in your hand. It is perfect for the classroom setting and everywhere else! So simple, yet so amazing. According to the CDC, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the biggest disorders that affect our youth today. The Center for Disease Control states that 11% of children have recognizable ADHD while many more have some of the symptoms. Edutopia.org states, “Is a class full of fidgety students? Think twice before asking them to stop, they may not be able too.” A 2015 study by CDC found that students with ADHD are more focused when they're allowed to fidget at their desks. Students used to just click pens and tap our fingers and we got shushed all the time. Now these new inventions have helped kids all over the world focus and work harder in class.
Spinners, everyone knows and loves them. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. People love them. The average spinner (see picture) has a center bearing that has caps on either side for gripping. Plastic surrounds the center bearing bearing and the plastic comes juts out in three ways and each leg has a bearing embedded it for a weight. The bearing in the center is what the fidget spins around and you push it with your hand to spin it. The fell of the small vibrations and the sight of the spinner spinning attracts lots of people. There are so many people that buy them. This spring they have invaded every grade level and team at Creekside. 8th grader Justin Wooten, a current spinner owner, said, “It helps me with daily activities because it’s fun but it does not distract me because I can do it without being disruptive.” Spinners have a wide range of quality and prices. They can be as cheap as $2 and as expensive as $100.
Although the spinner is the most common fidget toy, it is not the only one. Another common fidget is called the fidget cube. It has more features than the spinners. The fidget cube is a normal cube with six sides, and on each side is a gadget to fidget with. The first one is a small dial, that your turn. It is a plastic circle that is built into one side that rotates and you can just move it back and forth or around and around. Another side has three wheels that you spin and on the same side there is a metal ball that you can roll around while it stays mounted inside the machine. The third side has five buttons that you press mimicking the clicking of a pen which many people like to do. The fourth side has a switch, the sensation of switching it and letting it click attracts many people. The 5th side is by far the simplest, it is a small send the size of your thumb that acts like a soothing stone that you rub your finger on and it “relieves stress” according to The Fidget Cube.co. The last side, a joystick that your can press and turn, just like on a controller that one would use to play video games. All of these are built into one, small, handheld cube. Despite its functions, the cube is not as popular as the spinner.
Just from the looks of it, most of our school owns a fidget toy! From Spinners to Cubes, people love to fidget and now there are
so many ways to help you self from pen clicking. These toys help lots of kids with ADD or ADHD to focus in class and other activities. It is a background activity that can keep them focused. Even if you do not have ADHD or ADD then it can still be fun to play with this wide variety of awesome fidget toys.
Sweeping the Nation
From: Time For Kids
Homemade slime and Hatchimals are the thing of the past. The new toy craze on the scene is called a fidget spinner. The gadgets are made of metal or plastic, use ball bearings from skates, and have a round center with three extended points that blur or light up as they spin. The popularity of the spinners has exploded in recent weeks. While the cheapest versions cost about $2, more decorative spinners could cost up to $460.
The fidget spinner seems to have come out of nowhere. But the idea has actually been around for a while. Catherine Hettinger came up with the concept more than 20 years ago. She planned to create a toy that would promote peace. The toy ultimately something that some kids and adults claim relieves stress and anxiety. “That was always the concept—to help people,” she said in an interview with Money. Hettinger admitted to being thrilled with the toy’s renewed fame and said it speaks to the current culture and the need for fun. “When you start seeing these things flying off the shelf at your local 7-11, you know things are heating up.”
Creekside Spinner Review
The Fidget Cube
By Alex Grevel
A Fidget Cube is a cube with six different sides with six different fidgets on it. So what are the different types of variations that are on the cube? The variations include a controller joystick for people who like twiddling around with their controller, flicker light switch, moving gears up and down, a rolling ball, and a circular spinning knob. Some Wildcat opinions on the cube were, “I like it because you can fidget with it if you’re bored’’. Others were no as keen on the idea. “I don't have one because you could just get a pencil and fidget with that instead of spending money’’. One student said that the fidget cube was a “waste of time’’. There are many different color variations of the fidget cube. One can find them online for purchase. The cubes were originally meant for people with ADD or ADHD, but they have proven to be popular with many people.
Congratulations to eighth grader Lillian He for her strong efforts at the National MATHCOUNTS competition over the past few days and weekend. Lillian was one of four students to represent Indiana in the competition of over two hundred other very strong MATHCOUNTS students from across other states and the nation.
SUMMER IS COMING WILCATS
By Mahir I. and Brendan D.
Summer is almost here Wildcats! What are you planning to do when it arrives? Everyone looks forward to summer, it’s just a natural habit. The flowers bloom, the grass is green, and best of all, school ends! We have interviewed a large amount of Creekside teachers and students about May 24, and here's what they said.
7th grade student Ayaan Abbasi says, “I’m excited for summer because it gives me time to get ready for next school year.” Everyone is excited for summer, or so it seems. Ellis Nou says, “I’m not looking forward to summer because like two weeks through I’m going to be super bored!” Even though all the students have mixed feelings, let's move on to what the teachers have to say. “Summer is time to relax, time to sleep in, and POOL TIME”, says 7th grade math teacher Ms. Abel. Rockies science teacher Mr. Kirch is looking forward to working on his house and gardening. Mr.Kirch is also looking forward to watching his sons play baseball. 6th grade ELA teacher Ms. Raftery said, “I’m looking forward to the warm weather and relaxation time in the pool”.
We asked 37 Wildcats what their favorite activity is during the summer. The majority said hanging out with friends. Second was competitive sports and that was followed by recreational swimming. While some Wildcats just stated they preferred to stay and chill at home. Others were excited for an upcoming vacation.
Wildcats are looking forward to summer for similar and different reasons. Few others are not looking forward to summer. A common motivation for looking forward to summer for many students is the end of the school year and no more homework for a while. Teachers are looking forward to spending time with themselves and their families. 7th grader Ryland Knudson said, “I’m so HYPED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Wildcats Look to the Future!
By: Emily Alberts and Anna Tridico
The future is near Wildcats! Even though it may seem far, college is right around the corner. Some Wildcats have already begun to plan for the future. Many Wildcats express interest in Indiana colleges, but students also expressed their interest in colleges outside of Indiana. 6th grader Claudia said, “I want to go to NYU because I heard they have a good program for design.” Students have a wide variety of interests ranging from gastroenterologist to interior designers. If the past is any indication, Creekside students are well primed for exciting futures.
Former Creekside students have gone on to careers in medicine, fashion, music, sports, and business. Former Wildcat Carson Smith has her own fashion blog and business. Many past and current students have already received college offers. Last year Stormy Kotzelnick received a full ride scholarship to the University of Washington. 8th grader Joella Layman. just received a scholarship to University High School and has been offered college placement due to her athletic abilities. “I was excited and scared at the same time. I am honored to have offers at my age,” said Layman. Lauren, a Creekside 6th grader, said, ¨I want to go to Purdue because my parents went there.” Mrs. Gemelas-Wood, a Creekside seventh grade teacher, who went to IUPUI said, “I got a good education, I liked the location because it was downtown and I got to experience city life.” Mr. Chelli went to a smaller private school, Anderson University. “I loved being at AU. It was a smaller school, so there was a sense of family. I also was challenged and pushed like I had never been before. It was a great growing experience for me.”
According to AVID teacher, Miss Harold, it’s not too early to start thinking about your future. “One of the goals of AVID is college readiness. Research by AVID estimates that by the year 2020, two-thirds of all jobs will require some level of postsecondary education. AVID gets kids ready for 21st century careers. Organization, time management, critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving are strong pieces of AVID and are essential for college success. AVID includes career exploration and we are researching different colleges and going on a field trip to the University of Indianapolis to help students build a knowledge base of what college is like.”