Camp Sequoia utilized two REST© units during our summer 2020 residential session. After introducing the REST during the start of camp, we noted that the REST© machines helped our campers with speaking to a group, especially in a small group social setting, when introducing themselves to others. One week after these icebreakers, we then gave our campers the chance to utilize the REST© machines again while choosing one of their fellow campers at random and re-introducing them to the cohort. Given the option, 100% of each cohort chosen to utilize the REST© while doing this re-introduction.
We found that, compared to similar activities done without the REST© in prior years, student re-introductions were more vivid, with more details and included synthesis of information from the week that they had lived together rather than just recall of student directed information from introduction day. Interestingly, we put no time limit on these reintroductions, and found that students tended to take additional time, make better eye contact than we would have anticipated based upon prior experience with this exercise without the REST© unit. Also, interestingly students waiting to use the REST© next (order of use was not predetermined) were active listeners, asked appropriate questions and there was very little off task behavior. As focus and attention are two areas of relative weakness for our kids, utilizing the REST© helped improve these areas.