What an amazing imagination this child has. It reminded me of the hours of fun my sister and I would have when my parents would buy a household appliance and we were given the large cardboard box to play with. There was no such thing as video games, cable or the internet when I grew up, we played outside and used our imaginations. Yep I am that old! LOL We spent hours imagining that box as a rocket, house and roller coaster. We spent the first few days just coloring and decorating our box. We had a blast with what are imaginations could create out of that cardboard box and stayed out of Mom and Dad's hair for hours. I wanted to share that magic with my fourth and fifth graders.
I had heard of Caine's Arcade on a tour of STEM certified schools my school toured in Reynoldsburg, Ohio in preparation for my own school's STEM certification process. So I went home Googled the above video and thought the kids would love this STEM challenge.
The first step I took was to show the kids the video and get them excited and boy did they get excited. Then we filled out the challenge packet I purchased through TpT by TeachFreak. Here is the link if you would like to purchase the same packet. You can see part of the packet in the picture below.
I first had them brainstorm and sketch out their idea for an arcade game idea from front, back and both sides views. Then all the supplies started to pour in. I told them nothing could be store bought and they could not give out prizes. Then they we partnered up and had to merge their two ideas and create a material list.
This Fortune Telling machine was one of my favorites. The player said a question and then an answer was pushed out the slot on the left. Super cute and a big hit.