Cardboard Challenge a success at Windsong

Hundreds of third through fifth-grade students at Windsong Intermediate took part in the Global Cardboard Challenge on October 6.

“I cannot tell you how many parents have stopped me to tell me how excited their children are about this day,” said Nelda Guerra Principal of Windsong Intermediate. “This whole process has been enjoyable to watch. The creativity and collaboration that is going on in our classrooms today are what makes this so wonderful.”

Parents donated materials for this massive undertaking that included large shipping boxes, toilet-paper and paper-towel tubes, colorful cardboard cracker boxes, a large amount of tape, twine and a variety of other items useful to build everything from an Air Hockey Table to a Claw Machine to a Spa.

“It has been fun to see the kids plan what they want to make, design it on paper and then build some pretty amazing creations,” said Julie Leggio, 4th-grade teacher.

Inspired by the short film, ‘Caine’s Arcade’, the Global Cardboard Challenge is an annual event presented by the Imagination Foundation to celebrate child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. Kids of all ages are invited to build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials, and imagination.

FISD’s new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Coordinator Susan Kirkpatrick said, “The Cardboard Challenge at Windsong was a huge success celebrating the creativity of their students! Imaginations were running wild, and students were thoroughly engaged in their work. Thank you to the teachers and administrators at Windsong for the role they play in fostering that creativity. I think that they had as much fun as the students!”

The final step will be for the student body to complete their cardboard creations, move them to a location in the building for display and the campus will walk around, exploring all the innovative cardboard creations made.