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The Power of Yo

All kids benefit from an effective outlet for creativity, energy release and fun.

Most of us have had the experience of dealing with children.  Teachers experience a dilemma each academic year as a new group of students enters their classroom.  Within the first few days, most teachers have probably identified the range of learning styles that students have to challenge that teacher during the remainder of the year.

The never ending question remains, “What can I do to get this child to focus?  What will be his or her best motivator?” ANSWER: Yo-Yos!

Many students deal with any number of issues which affects their learning; learning disability, attention-deficit, problems at home, being an over-achiever, perfectionism, and low self-esteem.  Others simply could use an effective outlet for creativity, energy release and fun.

Working in schools as often as I do, I have seen it all.  I have also seen first-hand or heard after-the-fact, of the impact that yo-yos can have on kids; as a motivator, as a reward, as an esteem builder, and even so dramatic as a tool in their reaching a milestone that was hardly thought possible.

At one particular school, there was a gang of four students.  The story goes that if you passed by the principal’s office at any given time on any given day, one or more of them would be seated there.  Trouble was an understatement.  Teachers were frustrated with their futile attempts to reach them.

Then, one day, the yo-yo man arrived.  The arrangement was for him to spend a week at the school to teach yo-yoing in the physical education classes.  By mid-week, these boys were coming in during their recess time, to help other students in the school learn to yo-yo.  By the end of the week, teachers were stopping to talk to the yo-yo man.  “I don’t know what you have done with these boys, this week, but there has been a change in them.  They are cooperative.  They are behaving in class.  The difference is incredible.”

Science of Spin – Demonstrating Yo-Yos, Spin Tops & More!

Val Oliver has been entertaining young and old alike in schools and libraries across the country for over 20 years. Her fun and upbeat demonstration of the art of yo-yo and top spinning keeps all ages engaged and entertained.

Her “Science of Spin” show not only demonstrates, but also introduces the science behind these toys, as well as providing tips on getting started and successfully using the yo-yo.

FUN, ENTERTAINING AND EDUCATIONAL!
The perfect show enjoyed by all ages, which includes:

  • Interactive demonstration of the spinning arts of yo-yo, spin top and diabolo
  • “Getting started” yo-yoing tips
  • Introduction to the physics of spin
  • Optional hands-on yo-yo lessons depending on space and number of participants

Program runs 30-60 minutes depending on your needs. Ideal for Youth, Teen, Adult and Family Programming.
Yo-Yos are also available to purchase as prizes or as part of youth and teen programming.
Science of Spin’ is also a favorite among school librarians for their End of the Year Reading Achievement events.

Val’s ‘Science of Spin’ show has been a favorite among library performances and patrons frequently request her return. Her reliability as well as her humor and natural ability to interact with children of all ages makes her asset to any library program. Yo-Yoing and top spinning since she was 6 years old, Val holds several state, national and world titles, as well as being the 2004 recipient of the Linda Sengpiel Award for Yo-Yo Excellence. She attends and frequently judges at the National and World Yo-Yo and Spin Top Championships each year.

For information or to schedule your Science of Spin show, please contact Val at 817-400-YOYO (9696) or email her at valerieyo7@gmail.com

Visit: www.scienceofspin.com and click on ‘LIBRARIES” for more information.

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