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PSM creates memorable learning experience with Cardboard Arcade

Published Thursday, December 20, 2018

Old pizza boxes, shipping materials and tape – it was the starting formula for several Philip Simmons Middle students as they prepared for the final week of school before winter break.

For the first half of the day Thursday, traditional educational practices were abandoned, and students stuffed the gym with creations made from many items once considered trash.

For the third year, PSM hosted a Cardboard Arcade – a project challenging students to be creative, solve problems and work collaboratively.

It was a huge event with a promise of fun while learning. Even for a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) school like PSM, it was a large undertaking with ideas and creations that took as long as a month to build, coming to life for all to enjoy.

“I wish I could do this every day,” Principal Charla Groves said.

Students from neighboring schools came and played the games for prizes while PSM creators stood with pride by their work. Air hockey, billiards and even a reindeer ring toss – every inch of gym floor was covered with smiling children, fascinated educators and elated parents.