To help break in its new Makerspace, Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences participated in the Global Cardboard Challenge, an annual event presented by the Imagination Foundation, which celebrates child creativity by encouraging them to use simple materials to build the things they imagine.
Barnesville's Lower School students worked throughout the month of September to build anything they could dream up from cardboard, recycled materials, and their imagination. They were given full access to the Makerspace Room and any and all of the materials they could use for their projects. They used everything from old keyboards, wheels, wood, and yarn, to legos, bubble wrap, paint, aluminum, and styrofoam.
On October 25, the School hosted a hallway “flash mob” for students to share their creations with one another.
The Global Cardboard Challenge was inspired by the film Caine’s Arcade about a boy who made an arcade from used boxes, tape, and other materials found in the back of his dad’s shop. Building on the success of the short film promoted on social media, the Imagination Foundation finds, fosters and funds creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world to raise a new generation of innovators and problem solvers.
Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences is an independent private school in Montgomery County, Maryland offering innovative preschool through 8th grade programs. Cross-curricular teaching encourages students to explore how subjects relate to one another, helping them to make connections that spark inquiry and deepen understanding. Small classes enable skilled teachers to engage each child in an academically challenging environment. Our 50-acre campus is our extended classroom, and we integrate nature into everyday learning.