E. Idaho students test fidget-friendly desks




IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) _ Hope Lutheran School in southeast
Idaho has installed 10 fidget-friendly desks in its sixth-grade
classroom as part of an experiment to find out if the desks make it
easier for children to learn.

Researchers with the Idaho National Laboratory and Mayo Clinic
will determine if the ``vertical workstations'' promote health and
better grades.

The tall desks give students room to wiggle and squirm, and
students can sit on stools or stand. They can also rock their feet
on foot swings.

Mayo Clinic researcher Gabe Koepp tells the Post Register that
he hopes the desks create an environment that boosts physical
activity and becomes part of a larger study.

Researchers at the INL are recording the daily activity of
students to find out if the desks make a difference.


Information from: Post Register, http://www.postregister.com

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