The Caine's Arcade Challenge

submission by mike.mcgalliard

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Imagination Foundation

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imagination.is

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Please select the one indicator that is most relevant to your project or organization: Education

What is your idea and how will it impact your indicator?

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10,000 children in Los Angeles will start their 2013 school year by participating in the Caine’s Arcade Challenge. Hosted by the Imagination Foundation and inspired by the short film, “Caine’s Arcade,” this Challenge will foster creativity and celebrate the imagination of children by inviting elementary and middle school-aged youth to design and build fun and engaging arcade games made from cardboard, recycled materials and imagination.

“Caine’s Arcade” has been widely cited as one of the most inspirational stories of 2012. The film has received nearly 8 million views, trended worldwide on Twitter, gathered a Facebook community of 130,000+ fans, and inspired a wave of cardboard creativity in backyards and classrooms across the globe.

During the month of September, children participating in the Caine’s Arcade Challenge will design and build cardboard arcades in schools all over the Southland; then on October 5th, commemorating the flashmob that came out to make Caine’s day in the short film, communities will come together and play. On this day, the “Day of Play,” children will operate their arcades to raise money to support various local causes, practicing the value of social entrepreneurship. And adults will learn the simple things they can do to foster a child’s creativity.

Though focused on Los Angeles, the Caine’s Arcade Challenge will coincide with our Global Cardboard Challenge that will take place in 70 countries and serve 1 million children. Our first Global Cardboard Challenge was in 2012 and included a unique range of participants - from a school district in Texas to an Eco-Art Park in Uganda, from Adobe Offices in San Francisco to the Warehouse Project in Sri Lanka. Kids repurposed cardboard into games, toys, robots and spaceships - whatever they could imagine. Along the way they learned about teamwork, problem solving, creativity and the value of recycling. Watch footage from last year’s Challenge at: www.imagination.is/gcc_videos.

The Caine’s Arcade Challenge will provide thousands of children in Los Angeles a crash course in creativity and social entrepreneurship. 500 teachers will learn effective project-based learning inspired by the Caine’s Arcade story, and thousands of members of the Los Angeles community will come out to play at cardboard arcades built by kids.

During the Challenge, student participants will be part of a project-based learning environment of unprecedented scale that inspires invention and makes leaning fun. Students will engage in a simple process that develops creativity, and along the way, they will learn: Design Thinking, Math and Financial LIteracy, Engineering, Social Entrepreneurship and the value of Recycling. Where appropriate, all content standards will be aligned to the Common Core.

Student learning will occur in a uniquely connected environment as children from Los Angeles will have opportunities to showcase their work along with children participating in the Global Challenge in other countries. Some classes will Skype with other classes as far away as Costa Rica, Uganda and Bali. Many of the classes participating in the Challenge will take field trips to the actual Caine’s Arcade site in Boyle Heights for hands-on inspiration and real world connection.

The Challenge is designed as follows:
- A 2-4 week project-based learning curriculum, conducted in the month of September, derived from the “Caine’s Arcade” short film, and aimed at fostering creative thinking and social entrepreneurship.
- Field trips to the Caine’s Arcade site in Boyle Heights to enhance the learning experience and inspire participants.
- The “Day of Play” on October 5 when children will operate their cardboard arcades and raise money for various local causes.
- Professional development for teacher participants during August.
- A Caine’s Arcade community website will showcase the Challenges, locate the arcades, and capture an expansive catalogue of content uploaded by Challenge participants.

About the Imagination Foundation:
The mission of the Imagination Foundation is to find, foster and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world to raise a new generation of innovators and problem solvers who have the tools they need to build the world they imagine.

We accomplish our mission by building a worldwide movement that celebrates imagination and fosters creativity. To fuel this movement, we produce and amplify inspirational stories of creative children, orchestrate large-scale events, campaigns and challenges, and grow an ecosystem of rich content to equip teachers, parents and communities everywhere with the tools and knowledge they need to develop child creativity.

What are some of your organization’s most important achievements to date?

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On the last day of summer, through a chance encounter, filmmaker Nirvan Mullick met Caine Monroy, a 9-year-old boy who built an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad’s East LA auto parts shop. Nirvan was Caine’s first customer. Amazed by the boy’s creativity, Nirvan organized a flash mob of customers to surprise Caine and make his day. Then he made a film about it.

The Imagination Foundation is a new organization, but is rapidly becoming the leader of a worldwide movement to foster creativity, imagination and entrepreneurship in children. The film that launched the Imagination Foundation, “Caine’s Arcade,” has been widely cited as one of the most inspirational stories of 2012. The film has received nearly 8 million views, trended worldwide on Twitter, gathered a Facebook community of 130,000+ fans, and inspired a wave of cardboard creativity in backyards and classrooms across the globe. The Christian Science Monitor calls the film a “great American story,” and Wired Magazine writes, “It’s a sweet story that brings viewers back to a time of potent imagination and creativity.”

Our first Global Cardboard Challenge took place in October 2012, with thousands of participants in 41 countries on six continents.

Please identify any partners or collaborators who will work with you on this project.

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As a large-scale community event, the Caine’s Arcade Challenge will engage numerous stakeholders, including schools, districts, charter management organizations, community groups, colleges and universities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, government and elected offices, and general members of the Los Angeles community.

Trash for Teaching will be able to provide recycled materials. Skype in the Classroom will help connect classes here in Los Angeles with classes in other parts of the world.

Media partners, such as YouTube, will promote and feature Challenge activities.

Please explain how you will evaluate your project. How will you measure success?

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The success of the Caine’s Arcade Challenge will be measured by multiple factors, including: those that demonstrate the level and degree of participation in the Challenge; those that demonstrate the level of school engagement and attitudes toward school; those that demonstrate mastery of key standards related to creative thinking, problem solving and social entrepreneurship; and those that demonstrate mastery of STEM-related content (such as math and engineering).

The scale of the Challenge is critical to its success, so we will track the number of participants across four major groups: children, teachers, schools and general members of the community who will attend the Day of Play at local cardboard arcades in their area.

Success will also be measured by the amount of money raised by children operating their cardboard arcades on October 5, the Day of Play.

The quality and amount of online content uploaded during the time period of the Challenge will be carefully tracked and managed to ensure an expansive web catalogue of Challenge activities. Built on top of a simple and robust open source platform, this website will register Challenge participants, provide participant content feeds for uploading and sharing relevant material, show the various cardboard arcade locations, and handle RSVP’s for local Day of Play events.

Surveys to assess teacher satisfaction will be completed online.

An assessment administered by teachers through a short online question bank will measure the proficiency of student participants with regard to appropriate Common Core standards outlined in the Caine’s Arcade curriculum, as well as unique standards that demonstrate an increase in creative thinking, Social Emotional Learning, and attitudes toward school.

How will your project benefit Los Angeles? Please be specific.

We envision a city in which creativity is a core social value and a critical skill developed in every child; where the innate passion, curiosity and creativity of children is nurtured in schools, homes and communities everywhere; where all children are taught to be creative thinkers and doers, and encouraged to make their very best ideas happen in the world.

The Caine’s Arcade Challenge will celebrate and develop the creativity and social entrepreneurship of children on a grand scale throughout the Southland. The Challenge will also showcase the role adults can play in fostering these traits. Specifically, the Challenge will engage 10,000 children, 500 teachers, 100 schools, building over 100 cardboard arcades, and raising over $25,000 for local charitable causes.

Student participants will become more creative, more entrepreneurial and more empathetic. Teacher participants will become more proficient at project-based learning and more networked to each other locally and globally. Other adult participants who attend events on the Day of Play will learn about the simple things they can do to foster creativity in children. The scale of the event will raise public awareness about the value of creativity.

Over the course of the Challenge, project-based learning and social entrepreneurship will proliferate throughout the city. A website designed for the Challenge will capture content from the various participants: photos, videos, lesson plans, activity kits, blogs and other content will showcase the ingenuity of students and their teachers, and become sources for inspiration and the mass proliferation of project-based learning beyond the scope of the Challenge itself.

What would success look like in the year 2050 regarding your indicator?

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In 2050, creativity will be a core social value and a critical skill fostered and developed in every school and community. Creativity will be as fundamental to the education of our children as literacy, and schools will be designed accordingly. In 2050, we will have a thriving network of "Imagination Chapters" throughout LA County, and every school and community center will have devoted space for children to discover their passions and practice building the things they imagine. Angelenos - young and old - will face the challenges of our city with optimism, invention and creativity.

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Caine has inspired so many with his wonderful arcade, I can't wait to see what he will do next.

by GoodDeeds2013
over 1 year ago | Reply

I am a high school teacher and I gave this assignment to all of my Art 1 students. The cardboard was donated by a local manufacturer of corrugated, I provided the instruction, paint glue and cutting tools. My students 40 in each of my 5 classes (200 total) participated in groups of 4 each to build their own arcade booth. They were totally engaged learning several things such as: Learning Results:

• Planning
• Experimentation
• Basic Engineering
• Color mixing
• Lettering
• Scoring paper and board
• Construction
• Teamwork
• Collaboration
• Decorating
• Follow Through
This was Common Core all the way!

by kumalo
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you for this feedback! Please connect with us at hello@imagination.is - we would love to hear more about how you structured your event and get feedback. We invite you to register to participate in our Global Cardboard Challenge this year as well - we hope to engage 1 Million Kids in 70 Countries in creative play! http:/imagination.is/get_involved

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

My grandson, Zyg, is so excited with his continuously evolving Arcade. I hope this program can be expanded to involve a whole new wave of kids thinking creatively.

by Babcia
over 1 year ago | Reply

I love the Caine's Arcade story and the Imagination Foundation is awesome. I have a son named Caine and hopefully his son, Jack Danger will do great things with his imagination.

by aceraolo
over 1 year ago | Reply

A Vote for CRD3 is a vote for Engagement!!! Help me teach the kids to pay attention!!!! Vote in one click here: http://myla2050.maker.good.is/projects/CRD3LA

by CRD3LA
over 1 year ago | Reply

thanks again for this great opportunity to see the world with child's eyes,
I'm a preschool teacher and I know that this what all the children around the world need. Use more their imagination and less the web. =) Thanks Caine and family, Thanks Nirvan. God blees you all. =)

by laura.b.paredes
over 1 year ago | Reply

A cheerleader for all kids' creativity worldwide.
On 26 March, I said this onTwitter: ‏@SemiSpouts 26 Mar
How did @cainesarcade pass me by?I think I am in love. His creativity? Mindblowing;his passion?live;his belief? unending.WOW:@nirvanmullick.
So now via LA2050 I'm going to find a way to support Imagination Foundation and nurture creativity all the way from here in Lonton town.

by nisemi
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thank You!! We appreciate your vote and your help sharing this with friends! Help us to engage kids in your community in creative play via our Global Cardboard Challenge as well. Sign up here to get involved: http://imagination.is/get_involved

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thank You!! We appreciate your vote and your help sharing this with friends! Help us to engage kids in your community in creative play via our Global Cardboard Challenge as well. Sign up here to get involved: http://imagination.is/get_involved

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

Truly inspired.

by SabrinaHutchinsonPR
over 1 year ago | Reply

I first heard about Caine's Arcade at Unique LA. I particpated in the 2012 Day of Play in Whittier. I love that you are reusing cardboard. We have so much of it, it is great to see if go to a creative use. Thanks and good luck. I posted it to my Facebook page and will announce it in my other groups too. Good luck!

by buzyredhead
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you so much! We're gearing up for our 2nd annual Cardboard Challenge as well. Goal is to engage 1 Million Kids in 70 Countries in Creative Play! Get involved here: www.imagination.is/get_involved

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

Indomesia???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

by dyaveiro
over 1 year ago | Reply

Looking forward to joining in the Cardboard Challenge 2013 hopefully with my whole school. - Zyg

by MelroseStar
over 1 year ago | Reply

Wow, that's great news. Keep in touch with us at hello@imagination.is so we can update you on registration and other information. We'd love to have you participate and support you in this goal.

by mike.mcgalliard
over 1 year ago | Reply

Wow, that

by mike.mcgalliard
over 1 year ago | Reply

My boys or organised a cardboard challenge here in Chipping Norton, UK, in connections with "dads club", a group here that encourages busy working dads to enjoy the simple stuff with their kids. It was brilliantly attended, the press came, and everyone had a great time. About time we all spent more time doing the simple stuff. Go Caine!

by lisa.hughes.568
over 1 year ago | Reply

Great to hear! We hope you will join us again for our 2013 Global Cardboard Challenge this Spetember, culmination in another Global Day of Play this October 5th: www.imagination.is/get_involved

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks for being such an inspiration to me. And thank-you for voting for my teacher too! - Zyg

by Zram
over 1 year ago | Reply

Can't wait to see your latest creations Zyg!

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

Can't wait to see your latest creations Zyg!

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

As an artist and educator, I can find nothing more inspiring than Caine's imagination and the people - Nirvan, George, the Imagination Foundation - who support and encourage this creativity and ambition. Kudos!

by linse
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you! We love hearing from everyone but especially educators.

by mike.mcgalliard
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you! The global community that has come together around this project is an incredible force for fostering the creativity of kids everywhere, as evident by the amazing support we have seen here, and from our first Cardboard Challenge. Thank you for being a part of this movement!

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

Love the Caine story – brought to us by the good neighbors in LA who came to “make his day” and by Nirvan, who brought the story to the world. Kudos to Caine’s parents, too, who must be great people. After financially supporting, and buying a tee shirt which my sons argue over who gets to wear in the mornings, I’m ready to vote for Imagination Foundation – but this website may have bugs everywhere. I tried clicking the “Vote” button and the blue dots are percolating, and have been for 18 minutes, but nothing seems to be happening.
Good luck, I.F. – wishing you all the best. Love getting the updates as this creativity journey unfolds.

by seaelleff
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks for the support! If your vote was registered, the blue vote button will change to read "YOUR VOTE IS CAST. PLEASE CHECK BACK ON APRIL 30" - If it doesn't say that, your vote probably wasn't registered... maybe try voting with a different web browser? Thank you so much for being a part of this journey! More ways to get involved (that won't crash!): www.imagination.is/get_involved

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

My previous comment got cut off. I was saying Caine has inspired the world and made a part of LA a tourist destination that was not on the map. LA now can show off the creativity it hosts from Hollywood to Caine

by cstrange69
over 1 year ago | Reply

Kids are full of imagination with the brave heart. Thanks for Nirvan and imagination foundation who supports all the kid's imagination. This also inspires us the adult to find some missing parts in ourselves, waken it and make it alive again :) Thanks Nirvan, Caine's Archade & Imagination Foundation (I really love this name ^_^)

by Bussamadee
over 1 year ago | Reply

I do my best to spread the word about Caine's Arcade and the Imagination Foundation. :) Go, Caine!

by Building Legacy
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you! www.imagination.is/get_involved

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

This seems a fabulous project. If I had not voted for my own project, I would have voted for this one.

by glen.chung.71
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks! More important to us than your vote is to connect with you. Please join us at www.imagination.is/get_involved and help us to foster creativity and imagination in kids in your community!

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is a cool idea, and I was also inspired by Caine's arcade. But why restrict the creativity to arcade games and why limited to cardboard? Why not allow the kids re-imagine any number of things in cardboard or other found objects? Why restrict kids' imagination to force it to replicate one really creative idea?

by laopendialogue
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks! The Global Cardboard Challenge is not limited to making arcades like Caine's, nor is it limited to using Cardboard. If you watch the Part 2 film, kids are invited to make anything awesome using imagination and recycled materials. Last year, kids made robots, rocket ships, puppet shows, cities, labyrinths, complex toys, under water themed amusement parks, and so much more. This specific program we're doing in LA does leverage "Caine's Arcade" as a spark for imagination, and uses the physical space of the arcade to extend the experience. Check out some videos and organizer kits for the Cardboard Challenge on www.imagination.is to see more.

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you for your comment! It certainly is amazing to see what kids do with repurposed products. And that's definitely the point of the Global Cardboard Challenge. The arcade challenge is specifically for Los Angeles - though arcade making is popular all over the world. The idea of making games and engaging communities with playing those games has a lot of value in many different way. And you should see the various games kids come up with. Very cool.

by mike.mcgalliard
over 1 year ago | Reply

¿Porque esta pendiente mi voto?, esta como congelado, que podría hacer?

by Angelemi
over 1 year ago | Reply

A veces hay mucho trafico en estas paginas, por toda la gente votando a la vez y el trafico pesado abruma a los servidores web. Se paso asi ayer tambien. Pruebelo otra vez mas tarde, por favor.

by glen.chung.71
over 1 year ago | Reply

¿Porque esta pendiente mi voto?, esta como congelado, que podría hacer?

by Angelemi
over 1 year ago | Reply

I have seen the inspiration this film has had on kids firsthand in Saint Louis, MO. There has been a shift in my neighborhood since Caines Arcade film debuted last year. More kids are outside creating and repurposing recyclables and there has been a increase in kid businesses also. When you ask these little entrepreneurs, they all site Caine as the source of their inspiration. I can

by mindysoup
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is a wonderful thing to hear. Thank you so much for sharing this inspiration. We'd love to hear more. Please email me at mike@imagination.is.

by mike.mcgalliard
over 1 year ago | Reply

Wow, thank you for sharing this story Mindy! Super inspiring for all of us to hear the impact. I'll be sure to share this with Caine and his family. Please do follow up with us as we are collecting stories like this to share with others. hello@imagination.is - and thanks for your support!

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

That's amazing! :)

by Building Legacy
over 1 year ago | Reply

Love what the imagination foundation is doing. I was too cynical to watch Caine's Arcade 2 for a while, but then I finally watched it and it made my cry just like the first one. Voted for a different campaign, but if I had two votes you would for sure get the second. Keep up the good work!

by stephenmcollins
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks! I wish I could vote for more of these projects as well. Please join us in bringing the Caine's Arcade Cardboard Challenge to your community: www.imagination.is/volunteer

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

Sorry to hear we couldn

by mike.mcgalliard
over 1 year ago | Reply

Sorry to hear we couldn't get your vote, but happy to hear we made you cry! Thank you for the kind supportive words. And hopefully you will participate in the Cardboard Challenge this year. Stay connected with us at imagination.is.

by mike.mcgalliard
over 1 year ago | Reply

As a Communtiy Cinema in Northern Ireland, we were amazed at the interest that was generated by this short film. We screened 'Caines's Arcade' as part of a culture festival in Belfast in September 2012 and organised workshops to encourage children to make arcade games out of cardboard. The feed back from the film was very positive and was described as a feelgood film that was an inspiration to everyone and became a catalyst for 'back to basic' values.

by gmcdonaldnc
over 1 year ago | Reply

We would be so delighted if you participated again this year as part of our Global Cardboard Challenge. You'll be joining many other countries and communities. When you have a moment, email me at mike@imagination.is and let's work together!

by mike.mcgalliard
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is a wonderful thing to hear. We

by mike.mcgalliard
over 1 year ago | Reply

Lots of love, light & prayers for The Imagination Foundation. A divinely inspired organization
that is taking flight - spread your wings and fly high!! I believe in you!

by lelania.mcdaniel
over 1 year ago | Reply

Guys, I am a professor @BentleyU in Boston, MA. I teach digital business to college kids. I

by mari.snow
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks! Your comment got cut off, but please email us at hello@imagination.is

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

i love this project! As a parent and grandparent, I have so much respect for anything that helps children use their imagination. Good luck - you have my support.

by motriolo
over 1 year ago | Reply

We held outdoor play dates in our neighborhood park. The arcade idea was shared with many families, parents & teachers.

by shari.moy3
over 1 year ago | Reply

We held outdoor play dates in our neighborhood park. The arcade idea was shared with many families, parents & teachers.

by shari.moy3
over 1 year ago | Reply

Cambridge, MA -- Caine

by shari.moy3
over 1 year ago | Reply

I have never seen a better organisation for a better cause run by better people. As the mother of 4 children I am deeply impressed.

by kellie.williamson1
over 1 year ago | Reply

Sorry no pix at all, ours wasn

by regina.mosimann
over 1 year ago | Reply

Caine is an inspiration and his story a joy to follow. I would love to see more children given a way to get involved. Good luck Caine and team.

by suefenwickelliott
over 1 year ago | Reply

I love how his imagination and passion is inspiring children from all the world to be creative too!

by tony.burrer
over 1 year ago | Reply

I hope that the creativity that Caine has put forth in his life will inspire all new generations to never stop imagining!

by whitney.gneiding
over 1 year ago | Reply

I love the impact that Caine

by annie7618
over 1 year ago | Reply

Caine is a true inspiration. I share his story with everyone I can. He

by DebbieFougereJaques
over 1 year ago | Reply

I remember watching the film - and crying my eyes out. A donation to Caine

by Shrew2U
over 1 year ago | Reply

Caine's story is great. But what really thrills me is seeing the thousands of other children who have been inspired by him.

by cathyob2001
over 1 year ago | Reply

I am working on project based learning unit designed around this documentary. It is amazing to watch the studnets and hear their discussions regarging science and mathematics. They are passionate about planning the arcade and designing their games. Every student is invested. Thanks, Caine and Nirvan!

by darby.rodriguez.1
over 1 year ago | Reply

Awesome! Would love to hear more about your project-based-learning curriculum and event, please share details with us: hello@imagination.is - and please fill in our organizer survey as well so we can share your lessons learned with other educators: http://www.imagination.is/organizer_survey

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

I love how Caine is aspiring so many children word wide to use their imagination.

by deborah.valentine
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you Deborah! Our goal this year is to engage 1 million kids in 70 countries in the Cardboard Challenge, including 10,000 kids here in Los Angeles.

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

I am constantly asking people if they have seen the Caine

by purplejojo13
over 1 year ago | Reply

I think your comment got cut off... this commenting system is a bit buggy.

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

You go, Caine! We know you

by tim.musial.79
over 1 year ago | Reply

still crying my eyes out every time i watch that short film of Caine

by amamiyakari
over 1 year ago | Reply

Aww, thanks! Have you seen "Caine's Arcade 2"?

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

As we are more and more involved in our individual electronic lives, this creativity in reality, involving collaboration and "business" with a community of people, is brilliantly valuable and hopeful. I profoundly appreciate the significance of this little film with a very big message.

by anna.gilmore.330
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks Anna! Totally agree; while online tools certainly help to share, scale, organize, leverage collective impact (and hopefully get online votes and support for grants like this), the real magic of the Cardboard Challenge happens on the ground, culminating in a Global Day of Play where communities come together to celebrate and foster creativity.

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

Caine went viral because it

by tomvanderark
over 1 year ago | Reply

Tom Vander Ark! I'd really love to hear your comment, but it unfortunately got cut off by this commenting platform. Please repost if you get a chance. Thanks for the support!

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

Tom Vander Ark! I

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

I came across this whole mounment movement just by looking at something on the computer. Since then I have told Caine story to so many people and to my own children. What Nirvan did by just stopping pass for a car part and turn Caine into a genius he was . I tank them all for sharing Caine story because if it wasnt told how would we know about another genius we have in the world. His father George is such a good parent for letting Caine used his imagnation to show to the world and start such a movenment around the world. Your never too old or too young to have your dreams fulifuled. Thanks Caine.

by tiffanie.peeler
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks so much for the support Tiffanie! If you haven't yet, please sign up to join us: www.imagination.is/volunteer - We are building a community of mentors to help foster the creativity of kids on a local level.

by imagination
over 1 year ago | Reply

I came across this whole mounment movement just by looking at something on the computer. Since then I have told Caine story to so many people and to my own children. What Nirvan did by just stopping pass for a car part and turn Caine into a genius he was . I tank them all for sharing Caine story because if it wasnt told how would we know about another genius we have in the world. His father George is such a good parent for letting Caine used his imagnation to show to the world and start such a movenment around the world. Your never too old or too young to have your dreams fulifuled. Thanks Caine.

by tiffanie.peeler
over 1 year ago | Reply

What a beautiful project.

by Gwenaëlle
over 1 year ago | Reply

What a nice thing to say! Thank you for your kind comment and for your support. Don't forget to vote for our project on April 2nd!

by mike.mcgalliard
over 1 year ago | Reply

I think children in our society are pressured to grow up far too quickly and are taught to suppress creativity and focus instead on math, science, and computer skills. While there is nothing wrong with study in those areas I believe that children (and adults too!) need more creativity and imagination integrated into their daily lives. If children stop dreaming dreams then where will our society be in 20 years? I think the Imagination Foundation and Caine

by susannah.frawley
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks! Our vision for 2050 is for creativity to be a core social value and a critical skill fostered in every child. Our Cardboard Challenge and Global Day of Play is a low cost way for us to build the movement. It's also super fun!

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

I appreciate this comment, Susannah. In fact, we think the more a child's creativity is fostered, the better the child will do in Math, Science and other subjects. We envision a world in which children are raised to pursue their passions and prepared with the skills they need to build the world they imagine.

by mike.mcgalliard
over 1 year ago | Reply

We look forward to this event. Thanks for your inspiration. The girls in our after school program in Pacoima are creating a DIY Arcade that uses cardboard but integrates technology. They're using Scratch for the interface and Makey Makey boards to attach to the controllers they make. We're having an event for the community in June where we will invite the community to come out and play these DIY tech games.

by diygirls
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is AWESOME! I'm really excited about the MakeyMakey Plus Cardboard Arcade making. Please let us know when your event is: hello@imagination.is. I'll totally come and get a funpass. We are excited to see more of these hybrid analog + hitech engagement with the Cardboard Challenge, and it's super fun. We would love to share any documentation you can create from this event with other educators & organizers of our Global Cardboard Challenge, as we are introducing various thematics that include robotics and engineering mixed with the cardboard play. :-)

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

I'm also going to share this with Mitch Resnick at the MIT Lifelong Kindergarten, who helped develop Scratch, and has joined our advisory board.

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

Sure, we'll be happy to share the documentation on this project so that others can do it with kids.

by diygirls
over 1 year ago | Reply

Awesome! Please email us at hello@imagination.is

by nirvan
over 1 year ago

I'm also going to share this with Mitch Resnick at the MIT Lifelong Kindergarten, who helped develop Scratch, and has joined our advisory board.

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

Sure, I will share the details with you as soon as we have them. Thanks for your support. It's going to be fun!

by diygirls
over 1 year ago

I love your program! Let's find ways to work closely together this year. Interfacing with digital devices, like Makey Makey boards is a big interest for us in the Challenge this year. We'd love to support your June event, and have you participate in our Global Challenge in September/October. Please stay in touch with us!

by mike.mcgalliard
over 1 year ago | Reply

Definitely, we will contact you soon with all of the details and would love to collaborate. Thanks!

by diygirls
over 1 year ago | Reply

I love this foundation.

by skirschenbaum
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you! We do love all the support and participation.

by mike.mcgalliard
over 1 year ago | Reply

I taught English overseas and realized that America does a great job with fostering creativity. But what if we could step it up! Due to internet, things are developing at an even rapid pace. What would it be like if ALL kids tapped into their maximum creativity and achieved FLOW?!

by esthervpark
over 1 year ago | Reply

Some Classes participating in the Cardboard Challenge will be skyping with other classrooms in other parts of the world, allowing kids to share and exchange ideas.

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

This kid was put here for a purpose...to inspire other children to get away from electronics, TV, etc and get out there and just be a kid! Who remembers building cardboard cities out of shoeboxes? Houses out of refrigerator boxes? Cars out of moving boxes? Sure we got some cuts and bruises and paint on the garage floor, but those memories are priceless! Vote for Caine!

by alison.dudiak
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks so much for the support Alison!

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

I still clearly benefit from unique learning opportunities from elementary school. This is the best kind of harnessing of the minds and creativity of young children. Participating in something that challenges your thinking and produces a tangible result is immensely rewarding and empowering. Onward and upward!!

by BeciBShoe
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks so much! We will be introducing more supplemental components to the challenge that organizers can add to the challenge (if they want), for instance, a Design Thinking component that can be shared with kids 1 - 2 months leading into the Cardboard Challenge. So much that can be done with cardboard and a cardboard challenge!

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

All children love a cardboard box, but Caine and Nirvan have created between them an inspiring initiative for children to be even more creative and inventive, using recycled materials. The ideas have gone global, but they still need backing to reach out to young people who might otherwise miss out on this exciting venture. I wish them the very best for the future.

by kathy.okeeffe.5
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks so much! Financial support will really help us to work with more teachers and communities and leverage the collective impact by allowing educators and community groups to share activites/ideas/curriculum, etc. Your support is much appreciated!

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

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by deleted
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks! The Imagination Foundation quickly became a global organization sparked from a very local effort. This LA2050 grant really is focussing on Los Angeles, but the global community will be able to vote and share comments. The support is much appreciated, and our mission is to foster creativity in kids everywhere. Our Global Cardboard Challenge hopes to have impact in 70 countries this year.

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

You did it again, Nirvan! You and Caine and every child who lets their imagination take flight. Fabulous!

by sandra.mcneill.50
over 1 year ago | Reply

Oh my god this is the best thing ever!

by sarah.bitteker
over 1 year ago | Reply

Awesome!

by loributcher
over 1 year ago | Reply

For all the detailed theory that underlies this project, what convinces me of its value is that I used Caine

by regina.mosimann
over 1 year ago | Reply

Caine's Arcade Inspiration and cardboard to engage refugee children in a camp in Switzerland. They went from "out of their minds with boredom" to bright eyed enthusiasm and busy creativity in a matter of minutes......

by regina.mosimann
over 1 year ago | Reply

Best field research ever. :-)

Do you have pics or video from your event? Would love to share your event & story. Please email us hello@imagination.is

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

Sorry no pix at all, ours wasn't an event, just ongoing, everyday fun. Thanks to Caines Arcade cardboard has definitely became a part of fun and games repetoire. I do not work at the center any more or I'd send you pictures of our creations!

by regina.mosimann
over 1 year ago

I went to a Day of Play in a front yard cardboard arcade in a town 30 miles from where I live. I dragged my husband along - and - we had a blast! As did all the customers and the kids working the games. I was a teacher for years and this is truly an innovative and inspiring global phenomenon. The best part is - all it takes is recycled stuff. There is such momentum here. It needs to continue.

by valerie.andrewlevich
over 1 year ago | Reply

Awesome! Love hearing stories like this. If interested in perhaps sharing this anecdote on camera, please contact us at hello@imagination.is (or just upload a little 1 - 3 minute YouTube clip (with no background music and clear audio), so we can edit a bunch of them together. Thanks again! :-)

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

We had a Cardboard Challenge at our elementary school in suburban Chicago last October, and we

by cinda1212
over 1 year ago | Reply

're taking it District-wide this year! We had 45 students make 60+ games - a huge success! - and tons of friends and families who came out to play on The Day of Play. We had so many questions about when we'd be doing it again - the kids, teachers AND parents were all so thrilled to be part of something hands-on. Caine is such an inspiration, and without Nirvan and his "Caine's Arcade," the world never would have known about him. Our teachers and students would love to be part this project - through shared curriculum, Skype, etc. WE ARE CHANGED because of Caine. The school children of LA deserve the same!

by cinda1212
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you Cinda! We are working to develop more Skype sessions between classes that participate in the challenge so that kids around the world can share some of the things they create, and get some ideas from other kids. Perhaps we can do something between some classes in Chicago and Los Angeles, or other cites around the world. Or perhaps your school district already has sister schools that they Skype/collaborate with?

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

That's fantastic news. We are excited to work with you this year! Shortly, participants in the Caine's Arcade/Global Cardboard Challenge will be able to register with us online. Stay tuned for that!

by mike.mcgalliard
over 1 year ago | Reply

I

by elise.hokman
over 1 year ago | Reply

Well, talk about truncated!!! And I forgot to 'copy' so I could just 'paste'. As I previously stated before being 'cut off', I no longer have children at home. However, I am looking forward to seeing if anyone locally has a Day of Play. I will certainly go and support it. Best wishes to the Imagination Foundation..and have FUN!

by elise.hokman
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks for reposting! The Day of Play is all about bringing people in the community together to celebrate the creativity of the kids, whether helping them build, buying a funpass, or just giving the kids a high five. Volunteers can organize a challenge, help another organizer with a challenge that is already being planned, or just come out on the Day of Play. Lots of ways to participate. Please stay in touch and we will work to connect you with a local event! www.imagination.is/volunteer

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

The Whittier Time Bank, Whittier Backyard Farms, and a local Girl Scout Troop hosted an event at the farm for the inaugural Caine

by WhittierTimeBank
over 1 year ago | Reply

's Arcade Cardboard Challenge/Day of Play in 2012. It was one of our best-attended events yet and you can see from these great photos how ordinary kids found extraordinary artists and innovators inside themselves when faced with the blank canvas of cardboard and tape: http://whittiertimebank.org/Photos

by WhittierTimeBank
over 1 year ago | Reply

Love this, thanks! I want to start getting some video testimonials of community organizers and teachers so we can share some of these stories better. Please contact us at hello@imagination.is if interested, or just upload a short YouTube video about what you all did, and the impact it had, and send us a link so we can edit them together. Perhaps we can coordinate some field trips to Caine's Arcade this year as well as we gear up for the next Cardboard Challenge!

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

Caine has an awesome imagination that even an adult like me wishes I had!

by lolavie.ortiz
over 1 year ago | Reply

I wasn

by kathystacklambert
over 1 year ago | Reply

I wasn't sure why we were collecting cardboard boxes in my kindergarten classroom. But now I know why!

by kathystacklambert
over 1 year ago | Reply

Awesome!! Get ready to build and play! On (or around) Oct 5th will be our 2nd annual Global Day of Play - a great day to host a parent open house and to invite other classrooms to play the kid's games! You can also have the kids choose a cause to support, and sell FunPass sales to raise funds for a good cause. :-)

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

Caine has inpired children all over the word with his creativity. I credit him with getting children off their electronics and to use their imagination and create their own amazing cardboard box designs.

by deborah.valentine
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks Deborah! The great thing about cardboard is that it is a very accessible material. We have seen a lot of kids building cardboard robots, cardboard spaceships, cardboard toys with moving pieces, etc - basically getting introduced to S.T.E.M. concepts at a young age through creative play.

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

Caine

by cstrange69
over 1 year ago | Reply

I think your comment got cut off. This happened to me and a few others as well. Hopefully your vote won't get cut off next week. ;-) Thanks for the suppo

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

support!

by kathystacklambert
over 1 year ago | Reply

Caine and Nirvan have inspired me to reach out in my community in Seattle and to mentor children and young adults through my entrepreneurial experience. I hope this project of the Imagination Foundation spreads throughout Las Angeles and beyond to other cities and school districts.

by Harvestvine
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you so much for your support! Voting for this grant will start next week. Please also consider signing up to help organize a Cardboard Challenge event to Seattle: www.imagination.is/get_involved

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

building up imagination, play, and creativity is a recipe for success in anyone who participates. Let the fun begin!

by Jvommers4
over 1 year ago | Reply

Yes! The idea is to have Cardboard Challenges organized for this September/October, and then the culminate a Global Day of Play on Oct 5 where the community can come out to play the cardboard games and give kids a high five - this will be the anniversary of the flashmob from the Caine's Arcade film. We will continue to do this on an annual basis, while building "imagination chapters" in communities that can continue to meet throughout the year to foster the creativity of kids on a local level.

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

Caine is a perfect example of the importance of fostering and encouraging creativity! An inspiration to kids (and adults) the world go! GO CAINE!!!

by garnet.c
over 1 year ago | Reply

Oops mine was cut off as well! To finish I think that these projects are wonderful and vital to our society and there should be more like them! Great job Caine, Nirvan, and George!

by susannah.frawley
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks for finishing that thought Susannah! Our goal this year is to engage 1 million kids in creative play through the Global Cardboard Challenge, including 100,000 kids here locally in Los Angeles. We will need volunteers to help organize local Cardboard Challenges as well. www.imagination.is/get_involved ;-)

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks for the comments! The commenting platform is buggy, so if your comment gets truncated, please reply to your comment to complete your thought, or repost. We really appreciate your comments, support, and ideas!

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

I was a creative child, and I

by nanciesmartin
over 1 year ago | Reply

Love how Caine has inspired so many children around the world to get off their electronics and get creatine. I don

by deborah.valentine
over 1 year ago | Reply

We had over 14 Caine

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

Not sure why this comment got truncated. I think this comment system might have a few bugs.... What I had written was that last year, we had 14 Cardboard Challenge events organized around Los Angeles for our Global Day of Play - including events at the Skirball, at Irridescent, Game Desk, Compton, Boyle Heights, back yards, etc. This year, we're looking to scale it up in Los Angeles, home of the original Caine's Arcade, and the center point of a global movement to foster creativity in kids like Caine everywhere.

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

Caine, you are an example to all of us to listen to our inner voice and to live with joy! Your creativity inspires me every day! Good Luck Always!

by susan.smela
over 1 year ago | Reply

LOVE Caine

by lisa.foleypellicani
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks so much Lisa! There are so many creative kids like Caine. Our goal with the Imagination Foundation and our Caine's Arcade Cardboard Challenge is to foster and celebrate the creativity of kids like Caine everywhere. :-)

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

Go Caine! You have my support and my vote.

by VonzyBrown
over 1 year ago | Reply

Last year in Los Angeles, we had over 14 Cardboard Challenge events as part of our Global Day of Play. Here is a video from one we had in Boyle Heights with over 800 kids: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNbvenWvqBM

by nirvan
over 1 year ago | Reply

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