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The first challenge of the 2017-2018 school year is the “Out of the Box” Challenge! Students in grades 1-5 are encouraged to participate and use problem solving skills and creativity to design and create a unique masterpiece. Making with cardboard doesn’t come with a set of step-by-step instructions about what and how to make. Use your imagination to be resourceful and ingenious!

In the short film below, a cardboard box becomes a blank palette waiting for a kid’s imagination to make it into come alive.

Aarambh: Help Desk For most children in rural India, studying is a luxury. Children in classrooms have to sit on cold floors, bent over their books, trying to read and write. They carry everything in small plastic bags, wrapped in newspaper and run across fields to save their books and themselves from the heavy rains.

Caine’s Arcade: One day a man stopped for gas and met Caine. Watch the video below to see why this man was amazed by what he saw.

Simple projects may take a few hours while others may take days or weeks. Problem solve, talk about what is working and what is not working. Be optimistic. You will learn to solve problems, and you will tackle real-world issues.

Strap on your thinking caps and get ready to make something spectacular out of cardboard!


  • You can use cardboard, tape and other recyclable materials for your project.
  • You may not buy anything to add to your cardboard box.
  • The box can be as small as a jewelry box to as large as storage file box. (No boxes larger than 24″ X 12″ X 10″ will be accepted.)
  • Entries must be submitted by Tuesday, October 10, 2017.
  • All entries must have submission form securely attached to project.

This year, every month, Ms. Eyer and Mrs. McBride will challenge South Orangetown elementary students in a variety of ways. We look forward to your participation!