Since 2012, in the fall of each year, children across the globe have taken part in the Cardboard Challenge as a way to gear up for Imagination’s Day of Play. It all began following the success of the short film Caine's Arcade, the story of a nine-year-old boy and his elaborate cardboard arcade. Imagination’s Day of Play is a special day in October commemorating the flash mob that came out to make Caine’s day in the film. At the heart of the challenge is an opportunity for children to build whatever they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials, and their imagination. The challenge can take place over multiple days or weeks, or be held as a one-day party. Some challenges have involved intricate ideation and design stages before children build prototypes; others are total free-for-alls as children build and play. Teachers can share their students’ ideas and creations with the world, using the hashtags #cardboardchallenge and #dayofplay on their social media posts.
Deadline: Ongoing, leading up to Day of Play on the First Saturday in October
eCYBERMISSION, an Army Educational Outreach Program, is a free web-based STEM competition for students in grades 6–9. The program is committed to answering the nation’s need for increased national STEM literacy and to expanding STEM education opportunities across the country. eCYBERMISSION is looking for educators, community leaders, parents, and professionals interested in STEM to create teams of students. Complete your teams’ registration by November 21 and your students will receive a freeSTEM Kit. Visit eCYBERMISSION.com to register today.
Samsung Solve for Tomorrow challenges students in grades 6–12 to show how STEM can be applied to help improve their local communities. Spark a passion for STEM subjects, build critical thinking and leadership skills, and earn recognition for your school. Plus, you have a chance to win a share of $2 million in Samsung technology to empower students to build a better tomorrow. Applying is simple:
STEP 1: Register to create your account. STEP 2: Start your application and identify your STEM idea. STEP 3: Submit your application by October 30, 2018.