May 9, 2017 – The 2017 IHT Spirit Video Challenge Powered by adidas wrapped up with a flurry of activity, and a panel of judges decided that the video submitted by Dr. Katie Harper Wright Elementary School in East St. Louis, IL did the best job of “Proving their Program.”
Submitted by PE teacher David Kober, the two-minute video featured students describing how the health and physical education school is improving each year. Students walk through school describing the healthy choices they learn to make every day and how their ability to take ownership of their health and fitness would be enhanced with the addition of IHT’s technology.
On Friday, Sept. 30, track legend Dick Fosbury helped IHT celebrate an innovative group of physical education students at Bay View Middle School by delivering the grand prize from the IHT Spirit Video Challenge powered by adidas.
“It’s always very special to have an Olympic Gold Medalist, and one who’s so well-known that he’s left his legacy in his sport, [speak to our students],” said Bay View Principal Steve Meyers.
‘I have to do something different’
“When they raised the bar to 5 feet, 6 inches, I had never made that height before,” said Fosbury as he shared the story of how he developed the jumping style that now bears his name. “I thought, ‘I have to do something different.’”
To reach new heights, Fosbury used his engineering skills to innovate a new method for his jumps. The jump is officially named the “Fosbury Flop” after Fosbury cleared the bar by jumping back-first and flopping over the bar.
Fosbury used the skills that later led him to a career in engineering to develop a different style, one in which he jumped back-first and flopped over the bar. It worked, and the Fosbury Flop was born.
Like Fosbury’s flop, the Zone monitors represent our latest innovation to improve physical education. The wrist-based heart rate monitor allows students to see how hard they are exercising. The monitors change color based on the student’s heart rate zone, helping them understand what vigorous exercise feels like.
The monitors bring heart rate monitor technology to PE. IHT’s Spirit System collects data from the Zone monitors to generate a visualization of each student’s individual workout session. The Spirit System allows teachers to assess PE performance, track success and measure achievement aligned with nationally defined standards.
“As we’ve integrated technology into math and social studies and other subject areas, [more people are understanding] the prominent place that it can play in our physical education programs,” said Meyers.
Fosbury emphasized the importance of using technology to accumulate data in physical education.
“What’s really important today that I’ve learned is that it is critically important to have data to be able to monitor where your progress is,” he said.
In conjunction with the Zone’s release, IHT and adidas conducted a Spirit Video Challenge last spring. Students and teachers submitted videos demonstrating how they raised the bar in their physical education classes. The grand prize included a classroom set of the new monitors in addition to three years of the IHT Spirit System software. The 60 videos entered in the contest generated 29,000 votes. And can we mention that the videos gained 63,000 plays as well? Bay View’s winning video had more than 4,000 views.
“Today was an awesome experience for our students to hear an incredible story,” said Damian LaCroix, the superintendent of schools at the Howard-Suamico School District. “It’s a story not only of athletic accomplishment but also the importance of academic accomplishment.
“I loved mathematics and I loved science,” Fosbury told the students. “I had to work at that.”
Fosbury also answered questions from the student audience and posed for pictures with students, teachers and administrators, many of which have been posted to Facebook and Twitter.
Congratulations Bay View. Thank you for raising the bar in PE.
Voting in the second annual IHT Spirit Video Challenge powered by adidas closes on Friday, so there’s still time to help your favorite video win.
Teachers and students have been entering two-minute videos about how their physical education class has been “raising the bar” with their workouts and commitment to physical education. Teachers, families, friends and PE enthusiasts have been voting regularly. At last glance, nearly 25,000 people had cast a vote for their favorite videos.
After a month of heart-racing (no pun intended) competition by hundreds of schools across the country, the Spirit Challenge powered by adidas has finally come to a close. Over 17,000 students participated during the 28-day contest and were able to collectively burn over 6.7 MILLION calories and spend a total of 790 THOUSAND minutes in target heart rate. Truly incredible results and we couldn’t be prouder to inspire and support such a wonderful initiative.
But participating in the Heart Rate Spirit Challenge wasn’t the only way to walk away a winner this fall, we also held a Twitter sweepstakes where schools around the country who do not yet have an IHT Spirit System were able to enter a raffle to win a complete system by tweeting and letting us know that they’ve committed to doing 1 healthy thing this fall. We were overwhelmed with entries and so excited to read everyone’s tweets. We’re also very excited to publically announce the winners of the 2015 IHT Spirit Challenge powered by adidas! Drumroll please…