Caine’s Arcade: Inspiring creativity and imagination around the world

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For those of you who haven’t heard of him, Caine Monroy is a 9-year-old boy from East Los Angeles who built an elaborate arcade in his dad’s auto parts store – out of cardboard.

His inspiring story is told in an 11-minute short film created by his first customer, a guy named Nirvan who was simply looking for a part for his ‘96 Corolla.

When the film was released on the internet, it immediately went viral.  To date it’s had over 7 million views and Caine has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Washington Post, and Good Morning America.  Caine was also the youngest entrepreneur ever to speak at the USC Marshall School of Business.

Four months after the release of the original film, Caine continues to inspire kids all over the world to use their imaginations and creativity.  Already, more than 100 teachers and community groups have used the film to support Project Based Learning with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) focus.  And on October 6th, youth in 25 countries, many of them inspired by Caine and his arcade, are participating in the Global Cardboard Challenge to build and share their own cardboard inventions.

On the Global Cardboard Challenge website, OST providers can register their own Cardboard Challenge events and download instructor toolkits.  If October 6th is too soon for you, think about hosting your own local Cardboard Challenge on one of these days instead:

  • America Recycles Day (November 15)
  • National Game & Puzzle Week (November 18-24)
  • Engineers Week (February 25 – March 3)
  • World Science Day/Telephone Patent Granted to Alexander Graham Bell in 1876  (March 7)
  • World Creativity and Innovation Day (April 21)
  • Geek Pride Day (May 25)
  • Any day you’d like – it’s always fun to play with cardboard!

More information about Caine’s Arcade and his Imagination Foundation is available here.

by: Kristen Coe

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