This past April, Caine’s Arcade went viral online, telling the story of a nine year old boy that built an elaborate cardboard arcade in his father’s auto parts store in East LA one summer. Filmmaker Nirvan Mullick became his first customer buying a ‘fun pass’ for two dollars and was inspired to tell his story and gather a flash mob to play in the boy’s arcade. It’s an endearing portrait of a determined maker that embodies the best of the maker movement – the imagination and boundless energy to produce things and a desire to share it with others.
I came across this story only recently through Audrey Water’s post on the Maker Movement as part of her Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012 series. I was immediately inspired and reminded of the Maker Faire we held for last summer’s section of this class, and I thought we might reinvent that maker faire and instead create an Education Arcade.
So throughout the semester every student will work on an arcade/palor game that will teach something, targeting their future K-12 students. Hopefully the game will be both fun and educational. Hopefully they’ll bring family and friends to come play on the final day of class. Either way players will be able to win tickets that can be redeemed for prizes.