“What a beautiful mess!”? These are the words that echoed in my mind the last several days at Prescott Learning Centre. Being a brand new school, we had the fortunate opportunity to put to great use – the copious amounts of cardboard that was bestowed upon our new building (EVERYTHING came in cardboard when the school was preparing to open). There was no better way than to use the massive amounts of cardboard than to engage our students in a school wide challenge – Caine’s Arcade and the Global Cardboard Challenge!
Every class participated in various ways. The Grade 5 teaching team (which I’m blessed to be a part of), paired up with the Grade 2 classes. Together, our six classes created the most beautiful mess you could ever hope to lay your eyes upon as a teacher. The excitement, creativity, passion and ingenuity was infectious and you couldn’t help but join in on the fun and adventure. Students in Grade 5 were presented with a challenge and then used the Design Thinking Process to invent and plan an arcade game. When they joined up with the Grade 2 classes, the Grade 5’s then helped the younger kids to create a flip-book which introduced the younger kids to the Design Thinking Process in an age appropriate context.
Here is a brief breakdown of the process introduced to the Grade 5’s:
You have been put in charge of the entertainment for your younger sibling’s birthday party. Your sibling chose an arcade theme for his/her party. Your job is to design and build an arcade game together for kids to play at the party.
As the older sibling, you appreciate and know what really makes a super arcade game. Pairing your knowledge with your younger sibling’s passion for arcade games will be the perfect blend for making the best arcade game EVER!
Criteria for an effective game:
- Must keep primary kids entertained for longer than 1 minute
- Must be fun
- Must be aesthetically pleasing
- Must fit with ability level of primary students (not too easy, not too hard)
- Must be made from recyclable materials (You will be provided with cardboard and tape, other supplies must come from home)
- Must be your own unique design or a twist on an already existing game
Students then began to plan and build. What ensued was nothing short of a beautiful mess!