From robots to pet houses to arcade games, there was no shortage of cardboard – or creativity – on display at Zanewood Community School’s first-ever Global Cardboard Challenge Open House on Sept. 30.
Inspired by Caine’s Arcade and sponsored by the Imagination Foundation, Global Cardboard Challenges take place around the world to nurture creativity in children and encourage them to make their very best ideas a reality. Zanewood’s inaugural Global Cardboard Challenge holds special meaning for the school this year as it begins to incorporate a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) focus into its curriculum.
More than 400 cardboard creations were on display at the open house, with all Zanewood students – from pre-kindergarten to grade five – participating in the challenge. Even Zanewood staff got into the spirit of the day, with teacher Emily James donning cardboard fairy wings nearly six feet tall and decked out in pink, gold and silver glitter.
The event attracted parents, family and community members who walked the halls of Zanewood and listened to students’ presentations that detailed both the inspiration and ingenuity behind their projects.