Global Cardboard Challenge at Hollenbeck Middle School

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 Challenges Around the World

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.

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.
New Brunswick Cardboard Challenge

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!

Additional Links:

• A fun recap from our friends at Makedo
• Explore this year’s Cardboard Challenge events by country
• If you hosted a Cardboard Challenge, don’t forget to take our Organizer Survey and help us make next year’s even better!