Students in Mrs. Gammon's Grade 5 class at David Hoy Elementary demonstrate their cardboard creation.

Students in Mrs. Gammon's Grade 5 class at David Hoy Elementary demonstrate their cardboard creation.

Fostering creativity in kids

In an example of integrating current cultural phenomenon into curriculum, teachers at David Hoy Elementary had students get creative.

In another example of integrating current cultural phenomenon into curriculum, teachers at David Hoy Elementary had students get creative with cardboard recently.

The school spent most of a school day creating whatever students could imagine, all out of cardboard.

The idea was based partly on YouTube video phenomenon Caine Monroy, a young boy in East Los Angeles who created an entire arcade of games out of cardboard.

Caine’s handiwork and imagination led to a video called Caine’s Arcade by Nirvin Mullick which became an online sensation. The video not only brought people to Caine’s actual arcade in East L.A. in droves, but also donations towards an education fund for Caine.

The overwhelming support led to the pair then founding the Imagination Foundation to help “find, foster and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in kids.”

The foundation hosted a Global Cardboard Challenge to encourage people all over the world to “build, play and celebrate creativity and community.”

So David Hoy Students on the day before the challenge, had the chance to spend a school day creating with cardboard.

Some of the students’s creations were then shared with the school in the gymnasium, some students getting a chance to present and demo their creations.

Caine’s Arcade