Classrooms were turned into gaming centers when a class project had kids create arcade games with cardboard. The objective was for students to create video games that their classmates could actually play.
At the Catherine Kolnaski Magnet School in Groton, Connecticut, students collected cardboard and other recyclable items, turning cardboard into playing fields and paper towel rolls into a maze of tubes.
The school was participating in the Global Cardboard Challenge, which was inspired by a video about a boy who fought summer boredom by using cardboard to turn his father’s garage into a cardboard arcade.
Older and younger students were paired to work on the projects, using recyclables that had already been collected. Building and planning were an important part of the process.
“Each student had a science notebook and came up with an arcade game which used cardboard as its base,” said fifth grade teacher Chris Gatti about the work his students did with a second grade class.