At Kings River-Hardwick Elementary School, the Cardboard Challenge encourages creativity as students create projects from cardboard and recycled materials.
The students worked in pairs or in small groups, creating things like robots, forts, ping-pong tables, and games. They used cardboard, duct tape, and other items they had available.
“We went dumpster diving and we got a lot of cardboard. Then I put out a message to all of our parents and we had a ton of parents that came,” said eighth grade math teacher Nancy Nagatani, who is in charge of the event. “A lot of kids brought their own stuff, so if they wanted the glitter paint they brought that stuff, but we provided scissors and duct tape for them.”
In addition to elementary school students, three eighth grade and two seventh grade classes participated, as well as three sixth grade classes and kindergarteners.
“I’m hoping that eventually as the years go on we can have all the classes come out and have them build and then play,” Nagatani said.
The students had a 20 minute planning session in class before Nagatani showed them videos and had them get into groups and start building.
“I thought this was phenomenal, the kids really love this and it ties into what we’re doing,” Nagatani said. “It’s just a day to be creative and sometimes I feel like they are in the classroom they kind of lose that because they’re just sitting down.”