MASN Crazy Cardboard Arcade Challenge


A few years ago, a 9-year old boy living in Southern California spent his summer vacation making his dad’s workshop come to life with his own arcade made of cardboard. In the years since, his imagination and innovation have inspired others to create their own arcade games out of cardboard, and the Caine’s Arcade Challenge was born.

Please visit the Caine’s Arcade website below to view the videos and learn how this amazing movement came to be!

The Missouri Challenge

This year, the STEM Committee is challenging Missouri afterschool programs to participate in MASN’s Crazy Cardboard Arcade Challenge.

Join the fun and register your program today to compete in the Crazy Cardboard Arcade Challenge sponsored by the Missouri AfterSchool Network!

All registered programs will bring their best arcade games to showcase at the 2017 MOSAC2 PDI, where the challenge will take place.

Crazy Cardboard Challenge Sample Lesson Plans

The idea behind this problem-based unit is that students will implement the research and engineering processes to create their own, well-planned solution to the problem. This integrated unit combines a student’s understand of reading comprehension, the writing process, word patterns, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, measurement, graphing, force, motion and ways we can help our planet to become a 21-century problem solver. While this unit is scheduled for 11 weeks, some groups may take a longer or shorter time to complete the lessons. Feel free to extend the concepts in any real life application if you feel like your students need the extra practice or extra challenge.

Click here to view the Cardboard Arcade Unit Plan

Arcade Rules

Here are the rules for participants of the challenge:

  1. The arcade game must be mainly composed of cardboard.
  2. Most of the non-cardboard components should be made out of things that are found lying around or recyclables.  There is no materials purchase necessary.
  3. There can be no electronic or electrical parts.
  4. There must be a documented plan for the game, which can be written, drawn or a combination of both.
  5. The arcade game must include simple machines:
    • Kindergarten-2nd Grade:  1 simple machine
    • 3rd-5th Grade:  2 simple machines
    • 6th-8th Grade:  4 simple machines
    • 9th-12th Grade:  5 simple machines


Questions? Email Ashley Stephens at for more information.


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