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Community invited to first annual Cardboard Challenge October 10

Cardboard Challenge

The community is invited to the Tulare County Office of Education’s first annual Cardboard Challenge, from 8:00 a.m. until noon on October 10 at 7000 Doe Avenue in Visalia. Students from throughout the county have been working to develop their cardboard creations for the event which is designed to celebrate creativity in children. “We are looking forward to seeing dozens of imaginative student-designed structures, machines and exhibits,” said County Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak. “We encourage the community to join us for this event celebrating the ingenuity of Tulare County young people.”

Cardboard Challenge

The Global Cardboard Challenge was inspired by the short film Caine's Arcade and is a worldwide celebration of childhood creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. During the summer of 2011, nine-year-old Caine Monroy utilized discarded boxes from his father’s East Los Angeles auto parts store to create an onsite gaming arcade. Filmmaker Nirvan Mullick stumbled on the arcade when he visited the store to buy a door handle. The documentary was filmed after Mullick organized a flash mob to visit the arcade and celebrate Caine’s entrepreneurial accomplishment. Since the filming of Caine's Arcade, Mullick has created the Imagination Foundation, a non-profit organization with a mission to find, foster, and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in children, as well as the Global Cardboard Challenge organization.

Cardboard Challenge

For more information, call Paula Terrill at (559) 651-0565.

Photos above:
~ Students at Shannon Ranch Elementary in Visalia prepare creations for the first annual Cardboard Challenge scheduled for Saturday, October 10 at the TCOE Doe Avenue Complex.
~ Teacher Jessica Malmsten appreciates how the Cardboard Challenge fosters student creativity and encourages the use of STEM concepts.
~ Shannon Ranch Elementary sixth graders work to secure one of the towers on their replica of the Golden Gate Bridge. Cables in place, Aubrey, Bella, Lily and Kailee show off their work.