With Thanksgiving a few days away, we'd like to take a moment to thank our wonderful community of parents, teachers, business and community leaders, and kids who are helping to make the Imagination mission a reality. Special thanks to Mattress Firm and Makedo for their awesome support in making this year's Global Cardboard Challenge bigger and better than ever. And of course, thanks to Caine for building his amazing arcade and being an inspiration to kids all around the world.
Cardboard Challenge in Boyle Heights, CA. Photo courtesy of Hollenbeck Middle School.
On the anniversary of the flash mob that came out to make Caine's day (Oct. 5th), we hosted our flagship 'Day of Play' Cardboard Challenge in Boyle Heights with the help of the staff and students of Hollenbeck Middle School, City Year LA, Playworks, LA Makerspace, Trash For Teaching and the Los Angeles Public Library. Around the world, we were joined by hundreds of other Cardboard Challenges, with communities coming out to play, create and celebrate the imagination of kids everywhere.
To date, we have 85,559 registered participants in 46 countries including Australia, Mexico, Finland, Thailand, Chile, Nepal, Rwanda and most recently, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Kids built awesome arcades, elaborate Rube Goldberg machines, geodesic domes, robots, medieval castles, shadow puppets theaters, subterranean cardboard tunnels in their libraries and more. Some used their creations to fundraise for their favorite causes, including UNICEF, Cookies For Cancer, local animal shelters, food banks, and the Imagination Foundation.
Photo credits - Clockwise from top: Castles in New Brunswick, NJ - Vanessa Jones; Creations in the streets of Central Geelong, Australia - Jodie Reyntjes; Merida, Mexico - Nancy Guerrero; Tokyo, Japan - Amber Dohrenwend; Kigali City, Rwanda - Victor Gavick; Manchester, Massachusetts - Brookwood School; KIPP Illuminar in Los Angeles - Shadi Seyedyousef.
This year also saw some great international collaborations: a school in Manchester, Massachusetts partnered with a group in Kigali City, Rwanda; students crossed time zones to have conversations over Skype; and the world's largest virtual Cardboard Challenge was recently staged in Australia. Some teachers used the Cardboard Challenge to introduce students to Genius Hour, project-based learning, design thinking and entrepreneurship. Others tied their lessons to S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math), writing, and visual arts.
Best of all, kids, parents and teachers came together, let their imaginations run loose and had a blast in the process.
Here is our 2013 Global Cardboard Challenge in pictures. We'll be announcing the results of our Video Contest after the holiday so stay tuned for new videos and more Imagination stories. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
We are excited to invite you to our December Imagination Educator Salon with Leslie Aaronson, LAUSD's 2012 Teacher of the Year and Lead Teacher at Foshay Tech Academy here in Los Angeles. Leslie's talk is entitled "Future-Ready: Preparing Kids to Solve Problems that Don't Yet Exist." She will share tips on how to help kids learn through creative inquiry, solving real-world problems and more! Q & A to follow. Please join us on Wednesday, December 4th from 6:00 - 8:00pm.
About our Speaker: Leslie became a teacher in 2003, when she left her job as Production Manager for Blues Clue's International at Nickelodeon in New York to move to her hometown of Los Angeles. In 2012, Leslie was awarded Teacher of the Year from LAUSD for her work as the Lead Teacher and Coordinator of Foshay Learning Center’s Technology Academy. She is also the WASC Coordinator and Lead Teacher for the High School. Read more here: www.leslieaaronson.com
Special thanks to the HUB LA for generously hosting our December Educator Salon!
We're having a Cardboard Challenge video contest! Make a short video of your Cardboard Challenge, and upload it to YouTube by Sunday, November 17th. If you want some inspiration, check out our videos from last year: http://www.imagination.is/gcc_videos. The Grand Prize winner will receive a one-year Adobe Creative Cloud Membership and a Makedo kit (good for approx. 10) and a STAFF t-shirt. 1st Prize will receive the Adobe Creative Suite, a Makedo Kit for 6 and a STAFF t-shirt. Runners up will receive a Makedo kit and a STAFF t-shirt.
Videos must be your own. Don't forget to include the Imagination Foundation, your location, and a link to www.imagination.is and www.cardboardchallenge.com so others can learn more. Videos are due by 11:59pm Sunday Nov 17th.
HOW TO SUBMIT VIDEOS:
Upload your video to YouTube. Tag your video with #cardboardchallenge. Include a brief description of your event along with info about the Global Cardboard Challenge. Feel free to use info from the website or the following sample blurb: "Part of the Imagination Foundation's 2013 Global Cardboard Challenge, inspired by 'Caine's Arcade.' To learn more visit: www.imagination.is and www.cardboardchallenge.com." (You can also include links to blog posts, www.cainesarcade.com, your organization's website/facebook, etc. in this section.)
After your video is uploaded, email us a link to the video at firstname.lastname@example.org with '2013 Video Contest Submission' in the Subject Heading.
Check out each other videos, give a High Five or leave a nice comment and make somebody's day :-)
Can't wait to see what you come up with! We will announce video winners after Thanksgiving.
Posted by Imagination Staff · October 01, 2013 11:20 AM
We are excited to announce that we now have over 70,000 participants from 39 countries - including Finland, Israel, South Africa and Kenya - registered for our 2013 Global Cardboard Challenge. The Challenge will culminate onSaturday, October 5th when communities around the world come together in a global day of play to celebrate the creativity and imagination of children everywhere. Kids are busy building elaborate arcades (of course!) along with cardboard cities, robots, shadow puppets theaters, subterranean Cardboard tunnels in their libraries and more. Other highlights include:
a Challenge in Dubai at one of the greenest commercial buildings in the world
a Challenge at Hill Air Force Base in Utah hosted by a 13-year old Boy Scout for children whose parents are actively deployed or serving in the armed forces
a space-themed Challenge hosted by a South African NGO at Capetown Science Center
a Challenge for 600 children in Northern Israel working together to build a giant Rube Goldberg Machine
and a Challenge in Nairobi, Kenya hosted by volunteers working with children from local orphanages.
In addition to donating free cardboard and supplies to local Cardboard Challenge events around the country, our 2013 'Challenge America' sponsor, Mattress Firm, will be hosting events in Matthews, NC, Miami, FL, Mobile, AL, Muncie, IN, Aberdeen, NC, and Houston, TX.
Other key sponsors and partners of the Global Cardboard Challenge include the Goldhirsh Foundation and California Community Foundation, as well as Australian toy company, Makedo (www.mymakedo.com) who have designed special Cardboard Challenge kits featuring reusable tools to support cardboard creativity (15% of the proceeds from the kits will benefit the Foundation), and DIY.org (www.diy.org), a community created for young makers and do-it-yourselfers to gain skills and share what they build.
The Imagination Foundation (along with City Year and Partnership for Los Angeles Schools) will be hosting a flagship Cardboard Challenge day of play at Hollenbeck Middle School in Boyle Heights. If you're in LA on October 5th, RSVP via the Facebook Event Page and come play!
Our friends at Australian toy company Makedo have invented some awesome, re-useable tools for cardboarding, and we're teaming up with them again for this year! For the 2013 Global Cardboard Challenge, they've created special Cardboard Challenge Kits (includes a special guide for running your Challenge w/ Makedo parts) so you don't have to worry about having sharp tools lying around and mountains of sticky tape. 15% of all proceeds will be donated to the Imagination Foundation and parts are reusable, so save your pieces for next year!