Class III's Cardboard Arcade
The Class III Cardboard Arcade was a hit again this year! To begin the project, Class III students took a field trip to Dave & Busters in Times Square. The purpose of this trip was to do authentic research at an operating arcade. They were able to play a variety of games and then use their iPads to record their favorite ones. At their next STEAM class, students reviewed the footage and used it to begin sketching and designing their own cardboard versions of the games. This year, Class III girls were encouraged to incorporate littleBits electronic modules into their game designs. Some students used motors to make moving targets. Others used lights to add flare and excitement to their game. One group set up a series of flashing red, blue, and green LEDs to recreate a homemade version of Dance Dance Revolution! After a full day of building, the Marymount Cardboard Arcade opened to visitors on October 28 in the Carroll Classroom at the Met. Classes II, IV, and V were invited to play. An "all-access fun pass" cost $1 and the arcade was able to raise $82 to send to the RSHM mission in Zimbabwe. In this way, Class III makers were able to use their passion for STEAM to move forward with the school goal: "that all may have life."