Old School Maker Space

Today’s post is not about old schools but about an event that the whole Maker World took note of in 2012 that changed the way people thought about at least one boy’s education.

The event is captured in two YouTube movies that capture exactly what it means to be a nine-year-old inventor. The first movie, by Nirvan Mullick, traces the cardboard arcade designed by Caine Monroy in the front part of his dad’s auto parts shop in 2012.

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Here is making at its finest.  Very little adult interference and time to work away at a continuous project. Caine used what was around him, saved money for luxury add-ons like the calculators and tenaciously pursued his design ideas.

Nirvan changes Caine’s life by validating that kind of entrepreneurial spirit and creativity.  The second movie, shows the evolution of Caine’s Arcade from an event to a movement, creating a scholarship fund for Caine, a foundation for making called The Imagination Foundation and an annual Global Cardboard Challenge.

This Huffington Post article , captures some of the most important changes that came about because of Caine’s Arcade. “The impact on Caine has been profound. Caine’s dad told me that before the film, Caine was behind in reading and that his school considered him “slow” and wanted to hold him back a year. After the film, Caine became a poster child for gifted children everywhere — his grades improved and he even stopped stuttering. Caine began to refer to himself as an engineer and a game designer.” (Huffington Post, June 9, 2014)

Caine has become a hero of sorts to the underdog of learners who finds a way to exercise his potential in ways a school could not even imagine.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to present some learning opportunities like Caine’s Arcade to students in every classroom?  We may be able to unlock so much potential in so many students.

Visit Caine’s Arcade site and enjoy the experience.  By the way, Caine is 13 now and officially retired from the Arcade.  How time flies for any entrepreneur.

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