Many people have heard about a new trend called “Fidget Cubes”, these are cubes designed to help someone who may be impatient in class or simply can’t sit still. A Fidget Cube is not designed for one singular person, there are multiple functions that allow the user to stay entertained and locked in on whatever they are focusing on. Each side of the Fidget Cube displays a different function; each side is its own, such as a worry stone, buttons, a switch, a toggle, a dial similar to a lock, and a spinning disc. These allow the user multiple different motions.
Fidget Cubes have potential to be monumental in professional settings such as work or school. A Fidget Cube can dramatically help someone focus on class as stated in an article from New Scientist “One theory about attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is that the brain is under-aroused. Physical movements could help wake it up, perhaps by stimulating the release of brain-signalling chemicals.” A Fidget Cube allows a student to move in class without distracting others.
While Fidget Cubes can be incredibly helpful to student, the question lies whether it may be too great of a distraction. When a paraprofessional at Jackson Elementary was asked of what he thought about Fidget Cubes he stated: “They seem truly beneficial; however, I don’t believe they would work with younger students who aren’t able to multi-task.” There is an element of self control needed in order to benefit from this device. If it becomes too large of a distraction it will hurt a student’s learning process. A student would have to be able to use the cube without becoming absorbed in it or else it defeats the purpose of the Fidget Cube.
All in all, these new innovation could play a key role in a student’s education. Allowing them the ability to fidget without distracting others, help maintain focus in class, and increase brain productivity.