Innovative Learners

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Ordinary brown boxes sparked the imagination and creativity of the sixth-grade students in Eric Solnick’s class at Babylon Memorial Grade School when they took part in this year’s Global Cardboard Challenge.

The event was inspired by the documentary "Caine's Arcade,” a 2012 film about a 9-year-old boy’s work to create an arcade out of cardboard at his father's auto parts store in Los Angeles.

Working under the guidance of art teacher Patricia Stork and library media specialist Lisa Lindeman, the students collaborated in small groups to plan, build and test arcade games. They also worked with family and friends to create another, smaller cardboard creation. Throughout the project, they learned the real-world values of imagination, creativity, trial and error, and teamwork. The class shared their original projects with Jennifer Brown’s third-graders during a “Day of Play” event at the school.

The arcade event was sponsored by the Imagination Foundation, a nonprofit group aimed at finding and fostering creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world. This year's event was comprised of more than 106,000 participants from more than 39 countries.