About This Site

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.


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8 thoughts on “About This Site

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  2. I loved the video. It’s amazing!! This is very inspiring for all the children. Children build something at early age at some point and if we get encouragement we can actually come up with brilliant ideas.

  3. This video was quite an inspiration! It’s amazing how our mind works and for this little boy to come up with such an extraordinary idea was very heart touching. Every big ideas start small, the way Caine started off with cutting out cardboards to spend his time having fun and turning it into an arcade for others to join was very creative.

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  5. Amazing what Caine came up with at his age, it shows how unique and skilled children are and how they have imaginations such as Caine’s come to life.

  6. Very cool to come across this site! After the response to Caine’s Arcade, we started a non-profit called the Imagination Foundation that works with educators, parents, and community organizers to use Caine’s Arcade in informal and formal learning environments. Check out http://www.imagination.is, join our community (www.imagination.is/join), and participate in our Global Cardboard Challenge. Give “Caine’s Arcade 2” a watch to learn more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul9c-4dX4Hk

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