The Global Cardboard Challenge

Posted on September 24, 2014

STEM Play in Head Start: The Global Cardboard Challenge

At the Clinton Global Initiative’s CGI America 2014, the National Head
Start Association, Lakeshore Learning Materials, and Imagination
Foundation committed to engage America's youngest learners in Head Start
centers in the Global Cardboard Challenge (GCC).

The Global Cardboard Challenge is an annual event presented by the
Imagination Foundation that celebrates child creativity in communities
around the world. Inspired by the viral short film, ‘Caine’s Arcade,’
the Challenge is an opportunity for children to build whatever they can
imagine out of cardboard and recycled materials. This process develops
problem solving, teamwork, invention and other 21st century skills
through Creative Play. This partnership will be the first large-scale
national effort to introduce STEM learning to early childhood
environments.

This fall, NHSA invites Head Start centers all over the country to build something amazing out of cardboard, recycled materials
and imagination.

The Global Cardboard Challenge (GCC) was
launched in 2012 and thus far, 105,000 children in 62 countries have
participated. The event is an opportunity for children to build whatever
they can imagine out of simple materials and in the process, develop
problem solving, collaboration, and other 21st century skills.

To learn more about the Global Cardboard Challenge, watch 'Caine's Arcade 2: From a Movie to a Movement'  

Communities
served by Head Start centers represent the nation's most vulnerable
children and families, who have been historically underrepresented in
STEM fields. STEM Play in Head Start will introduce the value of
Creative Play and early STEM learning in a Pre-K environment.

For the 2014 Global Cardboard Challenge, NHSA has created a simple guide
to running a successful Cardboard Challenge at your Head Start center. A
Challenge can take place any time during September and October, with
multiple days for kids to design and build, or as a one-day event in
October – it’s up to you. Visit the NHSA Website to learn more.