River Ridge Middle School

Enrichment Program Tracks

Track #1

CAPOEIRA/MARTIAL ARTS

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of combat, acrobatics, music, dance and rituals in a very elegant and dynamic way. During a Capoeira session, students will learn martial arts techniques, discover acrobatics, play musical instruments and explore cultures.Capoeira improves coordination, builds flexibility, enhances concentration, boosts self-confidence and promotes an active lifestyle. This unique technique and educational approach to fitness makes Capoeira a martial art like no other!

Track #2

NEXPLORE GAMES

Nexplore Games is an innovative program that uses an internationally acclaimed selection of strategy and mind games to enhance 21st century life skills and teach students how to think, rather than what to think.

Our mission to use award-winning selection of mind and strategy games from all over the world to teach a vast array of 21st century skills, addressing logic/reasoning, social, emotional, study skills, values, leadership, communication, science & environment, mathematics, reading/language arts, economy and entrepreneurship.

We believe, that, with this kind of thinking “tool kit,” Nexplore Games students will be better equipped to face the multiple, complex challenges of the 21st century. Nexplore Games is the bridge that connects the world of games to the real world. During the course, students reflect upon and learn meta-cognitive models, which are then applied to all walks of life and scholastic achievements.

Our methodology to “Play. Learn. Apply.” approaches the education process as a fun, informative and transferable experience. The Nexplore Games curriculum and methodology is inspired by Aristotle’s appreciation of play, David Perkin’ Transference Theory, Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory and Herbert Simon’s Understanding Process: Problem Isomorphs. Each of these theorists contributes valuable ideas supporting the importance of using games to develop skills that can be applied to real life.