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  1. Liz at |

    This seems like a great project. I wish I had projects like this when I was in school. Great job and good luck in October! I hope a lot of people come to play your game.

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    1. Johan at |

      Ya same thing as my mom. We are lucky these days. I have seen an old fashion school in Fort Edmonton.

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  2. Sheila Hudson at |

    I didn’t even know about the Millgrove Arcade before I read this article. I look forward to seeing Johan’s station on the 3rd.

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    1. Johan at |

      Thank you so much for commenting I can’t wait to meet you and have you try my game.

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  3. Mrs B at |

    Hi Johan – what a great lesson on determination. The harder you had to work the more satisfaction you received now that you finished the project. I really wish I could visit your arcade but it is a little too far from Australia! Maybe you could make a video or post some photos of your big day. I was impressed with Caine’s arcade and the sense of community it displayed and I am impressed with your persistence and desire to continue his idea. Well done.

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    1. Johan at |

      You’re always welcome to come visit Spruce Grove (Alberta)!It depends if you want to come to our house or to our school if you come. I could ask my mom or my teachers if we can make a video and post it. I think that would be lots of fun.

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  4. William Chamberlain at |

    Johan, it looks like you are learning a lot of new things. Do you think that any of the skills you are learning will be useful later in your life?

    Make sure there are lots of pictures posted of your school’s arcade!

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    1. Johan at |

      I think everything I learned is useful. It taught me how to use tools, safety, how to measure and how to work through my problems. Maybe my teachers will take pictures, but if my mom is there I know she will take lots.

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  5. Nicole at |

    Hi Johan,
    I can tell you spent a lot of time working on this piece of writing. It is clear and has a strong voice. I can also tell that you are passionate about your project! I don’t know which state you are writing from, but I am writing from beautiful Maine. Your post reminds me of a book I just read (and loved) called…Cardboard! Ha
    Good luck at your event! I hope you have lots of visitors!

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    1. Johan at |

      I don’t know where Maine is? I haven’t read the book called Cardboard yet. Maybe I should get it! Thank you for writing.

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  6. Holly from Orlando,Florida at |

    It sounds like a lot of work, but fun too. I am wondering if the school will be earning money from this project. If so, what will the money be used for?

    Also, I hope you have fun playing the games the other students make. Have a GREAT day, and good luck as you finish putting this together.

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    1. Johan at |

      The games at Millgrove are not for money. But if I have an outdoor arcade at my house it might charge people like Caine did . It might cost about $1 or .25 cents.

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  7. Leia Gillespie at |

    Hi Johan,

    What a great project! I am sure your arcade table will bring in a lot of fun-loving people. If you still need a ball, why not try plastic bags? They make a bit bigger ball, but they bounce well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0GQZFlO4tM

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    1. Johan at |

      Thank you for the link!!!I should try that. FOr this project you can’t really bounce the ball other wise you can’t get it into the holes. I am going to remember this if I make a basketball arcade. Thank you for commenting!!!!!!!!

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  8. Ross Mannell at |

    Hello Johan,

    I have viewed the videos of Caine’s Arcade and seen media reports about this incredible boy’s idea and how the fame grew. It shows us what a good idea and a few interested people can achieve when they set their minds to a task.

    I only wish Millgrove were closer so I could attend but perhaps you might be able to share some photos or a video of the event. ๐Ÿ™‚

    @RossMannell
    Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

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    1. Johan at |

      We had an awesome time. Lots of kids from the other classes came to visit. Now my little brother wants to make one here at home. And I want to make an other one.
      Thanks for writing. My teacher took pictures but I am not sure if they are going to post them.

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  9. Mary McNabb at |

    Hi Johan, Good for you for sticking to your project and finishing it. Good luck with the arcade.

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    1. Johan at |

      Thank you, I had so much fun. Now I am going to try to make more at home.

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  10. Brittney Davies at |

    Hi Johan,

    I have watched Caine’s Arcade and it was such a moving video. I am so happy to hear that Millgrove will be doing an arcade! I hope you are offering fun passes, because I am definitely coming to play!

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    1. Johan at |

      Sorry it took so long to write. Did you end up coming to the event? I know some families came during parent teacher interviews but I couldn’t be there the whole time. I hope you had fun.

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  11. Diane Lander at |

    I will try hard to make it to the Millgrove Arcade, Johan! I work at Parkland School Division’s central office in Stony Plain, so I don’t have too far to drive. I’m anxious to see the results of your testing to see which material worked best for rolling, and I can’t wait to play the cardboard games that you and your classmates have worked so hard to create.

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    1. Johan at |

      I know everyone worked so hard on their projects, and everyone is very proud and excited. We had fun sharing it with our school. Thank you for writing.

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  12. Heather Huisman at |

    Hi Johan!
    WOW, you did an amazing job! It was wonderful to read all about your arcade! You should be so proud of yourself! I can’t wait to drop by Millgrove and see it!

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    1. Johan at |

      Maybe you can drop by and try it out!It looks AMAZING!!! Thank you for responding Miss. Heather.

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      1. Heather Huisman at |

        Hi Johan!
        I plan on popping by on Monday! Can’t wait to see it!

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  13. Kelli Holden at |

    Johan, we have loved watching your project take shape – from your first ideas and plan, to what you have managed to construct now. Your classmates have been eager to play your game, and we know that you will have a long line up when we open up the Millgrove Arcade! Thanks for taking the time to think about your experience, and share your thought with all of us.

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    1. Johan at |

      I think I know who you are! Every time I walk in the room and look at my project I feel SOOOOOOOOOO proud of myself it makes me smile!See ya tomorrow!

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      1. Kelli Holden at |

        Johan, I have loved watching this blog post grow and evolve. You know, before school started, I spent a great deal of time thinking about how to encourage students to write comments. With our new student blogs, I was concerned about how we would generate many comments. Well, you have definitely taught me so much! Thanks for inspiring me and the rest of our class.

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  14. Michele at |

    What a great project Johan! Which part of the project did you enjoy more? The designing or creating part? I wish I was able to stop by on the 2nd, hope you get lots of visitors!

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    1. Johan at |

      I enjoyed designing it better. It was hard for me to build it. The hardest part were the legs, they kept falling off. I had to use lots of tape.

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  15. Karen Hunter at |

    Johan, thanks for reminding me how much fun it is to plan and build something. My Dad and I worked on many projects and it is fun to learn how materials work with each other isn’t it? You should be very proud of the arcade game you created and your well-written article. Have fun at the arcade! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Johan at |

      Hi Ms. Karen. Maybe you can come to my house sometime to try the mini arcade my brother and I want to make. Just like Caine, but he made it in a part shop. Thanks for writing. Maybe I will see you soon.

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  16. Lindsay graham at |

    Johan,
    I am so impressed by your perseverance and love of learning ! You are an inspiration to us all , I have enjoyed every moment watching you create your acade game. I love that it stands on it’s own and that you really thought about the 3R’s when creating this. I don’t doubt that this might be the first of many cardboard arcade creations. I hope you are as excited about the 2nd as I am!!

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    1. Johan at |

      Hi Mrs. Graham! I think everybody had fun even the kids that came to play. I hope we get to do an other project like that soon and then be able to do an other blog. I can’t believe we are making our own this year! I like how everyone is writing back.

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  17. Don at |

    Wow Johan. We are proud of you and your creative abilities. Oh by the way, do you think you can fix our fence. haha

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    1. Johan at |

      Hi Don! Where is it broken? How did it happen, did Max crash into it? When I take my arcade home, and it is open you should come play. I am glad you wrote me.

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  18. Gail Ferguson at |

    Hi Johan,
    Who doesn’t love the possibilities that come with a cardboard box? What I hadn’t thought about was the differences in cardboards and the different tools and strengths you may need. What a great telling of your project! I am excited to come to Caine’s Arcade on Monday. See you there!

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    1. Johan at |

      I didn’t think about the cardboard either until I had to start cutting it and scissors wouldn’t work! Some boxes were so hard! Cutting those circles were also hard. Thanks for commenting.

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  19. B.Stumbur at |

    Wow! It is an exciting project and because you wrote about it, you are hearing from a lot of different people in a lot of different places in the world. I like the idea of your classroom getting a big world map so you can keep track of where all the people who write to you are from. I can’t wait until Tuesday to try out all the games. Lucky me to work in the same school as you!

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    1. Johan at |

      I am surprised you commented. I haven’t seen you on the computer! It gave me a really big surprise when I saw your comment. Did you do it at home? Yah it is kinda cool that people are commenting from around the world, because I don’t even know where some places are?

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  20. C. Korte at |

    3KV are coming to your arcade on Tuesday and we are very excited to play the games. When I was in your room the other day I started to feel very excited because of the creativity and energy that has gone into such a great project. I am really glad you put the photo and description on the blog because it is exciting to see all the responses you are getting from all over the world. Yowza!

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    1. Johan at |

      Did your class have fun! Wow, I was surprised by how many kids from your class came! Yowza!

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  21. Tante Rose at |

    Wow, Johan!!! I am so happy I could see and read about your project. It is truly very special! You worked really hard on it buddy, so no doubt that you are very proud of yourself. How was the presentation of the project and did many people play your game and did you have fun playing other games as well? Next time we talk on the phone you can tell me all about it. I wish I wasn’t living all the way in Holland, so I could try your game myself. But next time I come visit, I am ready for it!!

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    1. Johan at |

      Well you know I still have the blog and I can write back! We didn’t do that much of a presentation, but lots of kids like my game. I did put lots of Cars posters on it, there might be pictures on our class blog. Have you seen that? I had playing the other games. When are you coming to visit? Thanks for writing!

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      1. Tante Rose at |

        I did see the cars-arcade on your class blog, but I didn’t know it was yours, it looks great, Johan! And after seeing that, I hope you’ll build another great arcade together with Luuka! Lots of room in the garage, so you both have fun!

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  22. Tanya at |

    It has been quite a process from the time that you were deciding what you wanted to do, how you were going to do it, the materials needed and building it. Suddenly there wasn’t a moment that you didn’t talk about it!

    What impressed me most, was when things didn’t quite work out, or when things got difficult YOU did not give up. You even became more determined! I think you found out how you learn best. You were given a goal and you were involved in the planning and creation of it!

    What makes me the most happy is even though the arcade day is over, your passion is not! Now, between you and your brother I am not allowed to put anything out for recycling. The garage is becoming a mess, YIKES! You guys couldn’t wait for this weekend to start planning, creating and building once again! That is the best part of learning and play! I am very proud of you! (Oh and I love you too…. that wasn’t too embarrassing was it?)

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  23. Sandra England at |

    You have been through a very creative learning journey Johan. I admire your persistence and patience to see your project through from planning to the play day. I see from your writing that you experimented with many recycled types of cardboard and other materials. This shows me you are discovering ways to take care of our precious resources. You also show that you can use a number of tools safely, and can design, produce and test a game that will be fun to play! When your ‘customers’ played with your game on Oct 2 did it function as you had planned? What type of feedback did they give you about your game? Is there anything you would change if you started over?

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    1. Johan at |

      I was nervous to use the tools, my mom was too! I used them slowly and carefully. My game worked the way I planned it. But one time someone leaned on it and one leg fell off. I fixed it right away and told her not to worry. Most people didn’t say much about my game, but I think they had fun. I made most of my changes as I was planning and building my arcade because somethings I thought about didn’t work, so I wouldn’t change it. Maybe I could make my front legs shorter next time so the balls would roll better.

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  24. Karen Hunter at |

    Johan thanks for the invitation. Let me know when your home arcade is ready and I will be there. Have fun planning and working with your brother! I hope to see you soon too ๐Ÿ™‚

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  25. @ghkcole at |

    I live in Los Angeles so I am very excited to take my kids to see Caine’s arcade. I wish we could come see what you are working on too! Keep up the great work and the writing – both seem so valuable to the community and to you. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Johan at |

      Did you go to Caine’s arcade ? I REALLY wanted to go to it. Have you seen the auto parts store were Caines dad works ?

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  26. Ms. Quinn at |

    Hi Johan,

    I wish I could come and play your arcade, but I live in Calgary! So cool that your post has reached audiences so far away, though!

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  27. Jillian at |

    Thats pretty funny about your mom Johan and good for you( even known I’m in your class ) I did the same thing . I made a card board arcade to. Well not the same arcade game but you know what I mean.

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    1. Johan at |

      Thanks!!!I know she is funny.(p.s how could I not notice you’re in my class ) you always talk to me . I like your arcade game!!!Mine broke!!!!!!!!! I’ll fix it when we take it home. Do you think you will make one at home?

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