Forbes School students get creative with cardboard
TORRINGTON — Forbes School fifth-graders took on a project called Cardboard Challenge, an online school project developed by imagination.org.
The children used cardboard boxes to create their own inventions, and spent the day on Oct. 11 showing their work. They used the boxes to make games, science- and math-related pieces and other items.
The Cardboard Challenge project is intended to foster creativity, teamwork, problem solving skills and entrepreneurship, “to raise a new generation of innovators and problem solvers who have the tools they need to build the world they imagine,” according to the website.
The Cardboard Challenge was born out of Caine’s Arcade, a video that went viral on You Tube about a 9-year-old boy named Caine Monroy, who spent his summer vacation building an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his father’s used auto parts store.
One day, filmmaker Nirvan Mullick walked in to make a purchase, and the boy asked him to play his game. Nirvan was so taken by the imaginative arcade that he made a video of it, which later became a film.
Caine’s Arcade is now part of a “movement” that includes a scholarship fund and a national campaign to encourage students to use their creative imagination to make things. Imagination Chapters are offered to children in more than 20 countries, according to http://cainesarcade.com/ and thousands of children have participated in contests that support educational programs in their schools.
Forbes School fifth-grade teacher Kristin Twomey said her students were excited by the Cardboard Challenge.
“The children have done an amazing job with their projects,” she said. “(On Oct. 11, the students) were showcasing, and playing with our collaborative creations.
To learn more, visit https://cardboardchallenge.com/faqs