Orlando Science Schools’ chess club nurtures attention spans, improves academic performance and increases the ability to socialize, officials at the public charter school said.
The club is offered to second- through fifth-graders every Wednesday after school. The younger students meet weekly, as well, and the program — which is at capacity — soon could be extended to high school.
“Chess teaches students valuable skills sometimes more than any other subject,” said Tabitha Rogan, OSS third-grade teacher and chess club adviser. “Chess is a timeless strategy game, so it helps with critical-thinking skills to figure out what they need to do next. My kids take it seriously because they love chess and they love to win.”
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