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A box is not a box: Cardboard Challenge showcases creativity of Lower School engineers

A box is not a box: Cardboard Challenge showcases creativity of Lower School engineers

"A box is not a box. That's our motto" - Elena Nickerson, Lower School STEM Teacher

On Monday, November 5, girls in junior kindergarten through grade 4 were joined by the EC4 class for the 7th annual Cardboard Challenge in the Lower School. This is a long-awaited event for the Lower School students, and the girls couldn't wait to showcase the arcade games of their own creation. After brainstorming ideas and sketching plans with their partners, they worked in groups to apply imagination, creativity and engineering design skills to make an arcade game out of cardboard and recycled materials. For this full day of play, we invited guests from Hamilton Grove Senior Center and Visitation Home for Adults with Disabilities to have some fun. In preparation for their special guests, the girls were challenged to adapt their engineering to be more inclusive of others who may have limited physical abilities.

Guests from were delighted when they entered the gym and saw the creativity and ingenuity of our Lower School girls and the dozens of unique games they created. The students were proud to show off their hard work and in an authentic display of Sacred Heart Goal 3 in action, eagerly invited guests to throw, hit, toss and bowl their way through the games. During the process, the girls were challenged intellectually, stretched socially, and fulfilled Caine's dream of using games to spread joy to everyone.

This day was inspired by a little boy named Caine who made arcade games out of boxes in his father's auto parts shop. His creativity inspired a documentary called Caine's Arcade, and now there is a non-profit to help foster creativity in kids.

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