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  • Azar Aftimos

    Thanks for the insight. Fruitful information.

  • Imagination Foundation

    Love hearing the perspective from teachers and parents. We would love every school (or parent at home) to try the Global Cardboard Challenge. Folks can take the challenge any time - and we will have a big day of play once a year on the first Saturday of October. Next on is Oct 4, 2014 - save the date (and your cardboard):

    • Liz Dwyer

      Such a great idea to do it at any time. Creativity and design can't be a one-off event--they have to be integral to everything we do. *Goes to drag some more boxes home for my son to build with.*

  • Cathy Simpson

    Well done. This is a fantastic post. My daughter's school participate in the Day of Play here in Rothesay, NB with her elementary school. It got me to thinking about the STEM to STEAM (STEM + ARTS) discussion. I think the cardboard creations are the perfect example of creativity and innovation coming together and the magic that will be created with the combination of technology and the arts. All of our kids will benefit. Here's my short piece on her experience.

    • Liz Dwyer

      Thanks for sharing, Cathy. I know that Melrose was initially a STEM school but last year they made the shift to STEAM because the arts are so integral to everything we do. And, that Kitty Hotel your daughter build is AMAZING. I also love that creativity and creating has become a family affair. That she was able to collaborate with her dad and tap his engineering expertise helps her learn and develop, while also creating some wonderful memories.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Aiiren and Desiray- I am so proud of your first piece. Really cool that you observed and recorded kid, parent, and teacher's perspectives. Seeing how these kids teamed up and worked together to build something was so great- and most importantly, reflected how you two are also working together to create great things. Teamwork is a wonderful thing. You're learning how to do that at GOOD and together with others through the Pathfinder Fellowship. It's a beautiful thing.

  • Olivia Christensen

    I absolutely love what you're doing! The level of creativity is outstanding! It's such a fun way for schools without a lot of money to reach out to kids. I'm so glad an organization like this exists. Keep up the good work, you guys! I'm looking forward to hearing more about what you do!


  • Mike McGalliard

    I love this piece. Thank you. We had so much fun doing our own cardboard challenge event today at Hollenbeck Middle School. Extera Charter joined, as well as a few other local schools. The level of collaboration, playfulness, inventiveness and pure excitement was contagious. There was no doubt that significant learning on all levels was taking place - and not just for the kids, but all of us adults too. At any rate, thank you for this piece!

    • Jackie Ramirez

      Mike, is this Hollenbeck Middle School in West Covina, Ca? If so, I graduated from there and I am very happy to know that such meaningful activities are taking place in that area. If it's not the same school I'm still happy to hear this is being done elsewhere.

    • Lou Pizante

      Mike - Touake a great point that is also made by Airtrn and Desiray: In promoting and supporting these sorts of exercises it it not jut our kids who are benefiting. Thanks!

  • Lou Pizante

    I, too, agree that lectures and textbooks are necessary to help lay the foundational knowledge need to be self-reliant. But the most important life skills are not learned at a desk. They are learned working with teams to solve challenges and engage in collaborative creation. Teamwork, imagination and ingenuity cannot be learned from books and seminars.