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Agents of Discovery was featured by CNBC in an article on how to get kids outside!

The Benefits of Outdoor Learning

The Agents of Discovery platform is based on the idea that “screen-time can be green time,” and outdoor learning can vastly improve learners’ ability to absorb information. 

Outdoor education has always been a main focus of the platform because of the many benefits for learners of all ages. Research has consistently shown that hands-on learning in natural environments can have a profound impact on individuals. The key benefits of outdoor learning can be organized into three categories: cognitive, physical, and emotional benefits.

Cognitive Benefits

One of the key features of the Agents platform is that the Missions can be place-based. This helps players understand learning within the context of the real world. Creating Missions in real world environments allows students to think critically and formulate solutions based on their environment.Natural settings often present unique challenges and obstacles that require creative solutions. A study conducted by the University of Plymouth in 2017 found that problem-solving and decision-making abilities vastly improved when learners were outdoors.

Outdoor education can also improve focus and concentration. Researchers have found that being exposed to natural environments can benefit children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Learning outdoors can also help students remember information better. A study from Montana State University found that students scored better on science tests when the lessons were taught outside.

 

Physical Benefits

Taking students outside to learn encourages physical activity, which can improve their overall health while they explore their environment. 

Outdoor education can also be hands-on, which engages learners who may not learn best in a classroom environment. Encouraging students to explore and interact with their environment can improve their motor skills and overall physical development. 

Physical activity has also been linked to better overall health, reduced stress, and increased energy levels. Learning outdoors exposes students to natural allergens and immune triggers. This exposure can benefit their immune systems.

Emotional Benefits

Exposure to nature can have restorative effects on the mind, including lower stress levels. A study from the Journal of Environment and Behaviour found that walking in nature can lower cortisol levels and improve mood.

Engaging with nature can improve people’s mental well-being. A study from the Integrative Medicine Research Journal reveals that nature-based activities can improve students’ emotional intelligence, resilience, and self-efficacy.

 

In summary, incorporating outdoor learning into educational curricula and encouraging hands-on experiences in nature can be a powerful way to promote these cognitive, physical, and emotional benefits. The evidence from various studies demonstrates the significant advantages of learning in natural environments, making it a valuable addition to traditional classroom education.

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