Cardboard Challenge

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Inspired by the short film, ‘Caine’s Arcade,’ the Global Cardboard Challenge is an annual event originally founded by the Imagination Foundation, and promoted by Tulare County Office of Education (TCOE).

The Cardboard Challenge is an opportunity for children to play and learn by using simple materials to build the things they imagine. The Cardboard Challenge lets children explore their interests and passions, teaches valuable 21st century skills like critical thinking, resourcefulness, perseverance and teamwork, and brings communities together to foster and celebrate child creativity.

TCOE invites every school to hold their own Cardboard Challenge at their school site during the month of October. Kids of all ages are invited to build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials, and imagination. Campuses who participate can submit photos or videos of their creation to be featured on the TCOE Cardboard Challenge website. Additionally, students can participate in a Cardboard Challenge at the annual TCOE STEAM Expo happening on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at the TCOE Planetarium & Science Center. 

Regional Event Details

During the month of October, TCOE encourages schools to host a local Cardboard Challenge, or join us for a mini Cardboard Challenge at the STEAM Expo held March 4, 2023 at the TCOE Planetarium & Science Center.

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Event Contacts

Juliana Davidian
Student Event Coordinator
(559) 651-3003

Jared Marr
Staff Development & Curriculum Specialist - STEM & CCR

Little girl with cardboard oven creation

Children playing with a cardboard game
How Cardboard Challenge got its start

2019 Cardboard Challenge Event

Alila Elementary School 2018 Cardboard Challenge Event