Gold Coast school to take part in world-wide cardboard challenge

SILKWOOD SCHOOL at Nerang is about to become part of a world-wide annual phenomenon which enables kids to have open ended, creative fun with cardboard boxes.

Tomorrow the school will join almost 90,000 students and teachers from 49 countries taking part in this year’s Global Cardboard Challenge.

Inspired by the short film, ‘Caine’s Arcade’, the Global Cardboard Challenge is an annual event that celebrates child creativity by allowing them to build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination.


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Silkwood Junior School Syndicate leader Lauren Weston said the school had been exploring potential projects which could increase open ended creativity for students and also encourage them to think wider about more than one use for a cardboard box.

“I showed the children the Caine’s Arcade clip, year level by year level, and then I went out the playground one day and dumped a whole lot of boxes on the ground,” Mrs Weston said.

“I took out some tape as well. They all started suggesting things they could make. One said “let’s build a maze”.

The GCC will be staged on the oval at the school on Nerang Murwillumbah Road from 8.30am to 1pm on Friday October 10.

“We’re having an arcade theme however students can make anything they choose.  Classes are currently brainstorming and gathering bits and pieces they need for their particular design challenge.

“Officeworks have offered to provide 100 cardboard boxes and 250 rolls of packing tape. We are grateful for the support because of the demand for materials.”

Parents are invited to join in on the challenge fun tomorrow.

For more information on the Global Cardboard Challenge, click here.

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