Organizer Kit for Educators



1. Decide on the Scope of Your Cardboard Challenge

Think big, or small or somewhere in-between. Cardboard Challenges can range in size from a single classroom or several classes taking over the gym to multiple schools hosting community events where students can show off their cardboard games and creations.


2. Put Together an Organizing Committee (if Needed)

Depending on the scale of your event, you may need an organizing committee. Speak with your principal and other teachers/parents/administrators about how to best organize your event. You may want to think about permits/partners for larger events. Think big or small, just keep it fun (and safe)!



3. Choose a Time & Place for Your Cardboard Challenge

Find a location that's safe and has room for kids to build. Organizers have hosted their events at schools, community centers, backyards, homes, libraries - even parking lots. We encourage you to build your creations any time through September or during the first week of October. On Saturday, October 5th — the anniversary of the flash mob that came out to make Caine's day — we will celebrate with Cardboard Challenge events worldwide. If your school is unable to host an event on a Saturday, choose a day in the first week of October that works for you! The closer to Saturday, October 5th, the better (hint: maybe Friday?).


4. Register Your Event Online

In August, you will be able to register your Cardboard Challenge and create an official Challenge Page where you can share photos, videos, stories and activity ideas. You will be invited to join our amazing community of Organizers around the world and share ideas through forums and scheduled Hangouts. We'll be featuring different local Challenges throughout September and sending additional tools & tips along the way.


5. Gather Cardboard & Materials

Start collecting materials (see Suggested Materials). Most items needed for Cardboard Challenge-building can be found around the house, so ask students and parents to start saving boxes, tape, old toys for prizes and other miscellaneous items. Contact local businesses and see if they have excess boxes or supplies to donate.




6. Share the 'Caine's Arcade' Film With Your Class or School

Before the building begins, show your students the 'Caine's Arcade' short film on to get them inspired. You may also want to share the follow-up film: 'Caine's Arcade 2: From A Movie to A Movement.'


7. Design Time

Have your kids start designing their cardboard games/creations. Encourage them to brainstorm crazy ideas, make sketches, combine different ideas, and think about who they're creating for. Have them share and choose their favorite ideas.


8. Just Build It: Project-Based Learning and Caine's Arcade Curriculum

Lay out materials and have students jump in and start building. They can work in pairs, small groups or individually - it's up to you. Encourage experimentation and asking for feedback along the way. To date, kids have made everything from marble mazes in pizza boxes and human whack-a-moles to robots, miniature dunk-tanks and life-size podracers. Use some cardboard and your imagination and build something awesome!

(Take a peek at 2012 GCC Videos for more ideas and join our Caine's Arcade Inspired Educators Facebook Group for some great photos and tips from other teachers. We are also compiling some of the best Curriculum and Activity Kits created by educators who have already been using Caine's Arcade to teach STEM/STEAM, plus entrepreneurship, creative-writing, social-media, and more.)


9. Open House + the Day of Play

On October 5th, invite parents and classmates to attend an open house to get a Fun Pass and play your students' cardboard arcade, fun park, gallery — or whatever you decide to build. Consider having a crafting area for participants/parents to make their own cardboard creations with their kids.

Also, if you decide to sell Funpasses or collect donations at your event, consider donating proceeds to a charity or local cause. To date, kids have used their cardboard arcades to raise funds for local children's hospitals, soup kitchens, Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Imagination Foundation, and more. This makes us happy and proud!


10. Contests & Documentation: After October 5th

After October 5th, there will be contests and prizes for the best photos/videos of games and cardboard creations and more. The prizes are still top secret, but they are going to be super fun! Plan to document your events if you can (invite local filmmakers, get release forms, etc.) Share pics and stories on Twitter and FB using the #GCC2013 and @imagination hashtags. And don’t forget to send thank you’s to everybody: sponsors, organizing committee, participants and of course, your volunteers. We can't wait to hear/see how your Challenge went and look forward to next year!


(Feed the Monster, Fun Pass, and Pop 'Em All photos courtesy of Julie Santucci)

"The kids who are building and sharing their own cardboard creations can instantly see themselves as part of a real movement.” -MacArthur Foundation