Koolfog misting systems are often used to combat heat stress, and schools and daycare facilities are not an exception. Allowing children a safe place for exertion can enhance existing educational programs. With lunch and activity breaks often outdoors, providing a cool, comfortable location where students can seek relief from the heat is paramount to schools, daycare centers and parents alike.
|Challenge||Provide children relief from the heat while allowing them the necessary stimulatory environment to help them grow.|
|Solution||Misting systems utilized in lunch break areas, playgrounds and other seating areas are used in conjunction with shade structures to help provide relief to children during warmer months and prevent heat stress.|
|Benefits||Outside of the obvious reduction in liability, students are able to rest after periods of activity and are better equipped to return to classroom activities. Students who are allowed regular intervals of play can handle more complex ideas, process them quicker and move on to new material faster.|
Children thrive when they are allotted times throughout the day where they can expend their natural energy. And as the most recent research in neuroscience confesses, playing for children is not wasted time. It has been shown with the emergence of the cognitive perspective that children actually learn better, make more resilient memories and are able to go on to more complex concepts faster if they are provided with enough types of play that engage both physical expenditures as well as intellectual ones. The neural pathways that are formed, beginning from birth and on, are stronger than any others that are created throughout our life time. Educators from everywhere share the passion of creating environments and educational programs that harness this natural drive to learn by coupling it with necessary play and rest periods that are both safe yet stimulating. Children are more sensitive to the dangers of heat stress and exhaustion. Their internal safety mechanisms are not fully formed and they also are not practiced in the art of identifying physiological dangers. Their bodies also have more dramatic reactions to rises in temperatures and pressures. As their protectors, it is our job to create safe environments and establish limitations for them until they reach an appropriate age or maturity level. Adding misting systems to their lunch areas for a cooled break or misting to playground areas for safer play in the hot months provides a climatically controlled environment for them to thrive in. Our children truly are our future. As neuroscience has become more sophisticated, we’ve been able to peer into their cognitive processes and found ways in which to harness their natural drive to learn and play. As their educators, protectors and general advocates, creating a safe but stimulating environment for them to thrive, learn and grow in is paramount to their future success. Creative outdoor cooling measures that utilize misting fans, misting poles or misting systems that allow them to connect with nature, play safely and rest securely offers a world where they can become our next generation of incredible leaders.