Students from all over Thompson took over the Bill Comaskey Wellness Centre on Oct. 5 to participate in Imagination.org’s Global Cardboard Challenge.
This international event, which takes place in 80 countries and features over 868,000 participants, encourages developing minds to tap into their applied design and technology skills by building houses, castles, forts, robots and arcade cabinets out of recyclable material.
Though the Global Cardboard Challenge has been going strong since 2012, this is the first time this event has been held in Thompson, which was made possible thanks to Kiddies Northern Preschool.
“At Kiddies we believe that children learn best with hands-on activities and unstructured play should be balanced with formal instruction,” said one of the school’s representatives in a written statement. “The Cardboard Challenge engages children all over the world in creative play while challenging this engineering, math, communication and problem solving.”
The Global Cardboard Challenge was originally inspired by the short documentary film “Caine’s Arcade,” which tells the story of nine-year-old Caine Monroy and his drive to build an elaborate cardboard arcade.