08 Feb Badminton, dodgeball and e-sports for more immersive learning experience
Global Oak Tree Scholars (GOTS) International School will introduce badminton, dodgeball and e-sports this year as a way for students to bond with each other.
“The plan is to set aside two days – one for primary, and the other for secondary – to organise an e-sports tournament,” said physical education coach, Mohd Ruszaiman Mohd Idrus.
“We know the scholars are already active in e-sports. It is a way for them to have some fun and win some prizes.”
Although the e-sports tournament is limited to a day each for primary and secondary, GOTS International School is no stranger to interactive coaching.
It already uses smart televisions, computer games and other tools to make lessons fun.
Studies have shown that e-sports enable students to immerse themselves in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Players learn mathematical skills through gameplay statistics, data analysis and strategy.
Other benefits of e-sports include collaboration and teamwork skills, increased academic and social engagement, and improved brain functions and capabilities.
Dodgeball and badminton will also be one-day events, for now.
“We currently have football every Thursday and Friday. We will introduce Frisbee this month,” said Ruszaiman.
“We will also have a football tournament next month as we are trying to squeeze in as many games as we can.
“Dodgeball will be in April, while badminton is in May. Both these sports would be for a day each, to gauge the response from the scholars.”
After nearly two years of online classes, GOTS International School hopes to offer the students more options to keep fit.
“We also have boot camps and flex and bend classes to ensure everyone is healthy and fit,” he said.
“They also get a good workout from their dance classes.
“Dodgeball, badminton and e-sports will offer more variety.”