The Cardboard Carnival is a free series of citywide challenges for District 65 students and Evanston residents in grades five through eight. Through coding and constructing a 3-D cardboard arcade game, participating kids learn about the engineering design process, strengthen their interest in STEM and build valuable problem-solving skills. Supply kits will be loaned out for free and available for pickup – the only thing participants need to supply is cardboard.
The Cardboard Carnival kicks off Saturday, Feb. 26, and registration is open until Sunday, March 20. Sign up here.
The challenge culminates in a community showcase Saturday, April 9, where participating students will present their finished work to friends and family and be awarded prizes in a raffle.
EvanSTEM is a public-private partnership project housed within District 65 with the goal of creating an Evanston ecosystem of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) educators, program providers, industry leaders and professionals to increase underrepresented student success in STEM programs, courses and, ultimately, careers.
The Cardboard Carnival is supported by staff and students from the Evanston Public Library, Family Focus and Northwestern University.