Cardboard Challenge Roboticon PosterAs if Roboticon wasn’t awesome enough by itself, we’re throwing some cardboard in the mix! It’s the Global Cardboard Challenge, to be precise, organized by Roboticon Tampa Bay partner, the Eureka Factory,  in celebration of the Inventive, Can-Do Spirit so inherent in FIRST!

Inspired by the short film, “Caine’s Arcade,” the Imagination Foundation’s Global Cardboard Challenge is a worldwide celebration of child creativity and the role communities  can play in fostering it.   In the month of September, kids are challenged to create and build using cardboard, recycled materials

and their imagination. Then on October 11th, 2014 – celebrating the anniversary of the flash mob that came out to make Caine’s day in the short film, and conveniently on the first day of Roboticon Tampa Bay 2014! –  communities all around the world will come together and play!

So, starting in September, start thinking about – and even building! – some cardboard creations for our robot themed Cardboard Challenge event!   We’ll have some cardboard on hand for building the day of the event, too.

Visit to learn more and see past events.  Last year’s Global Cardboard Challenge had 85,559 participants from 46 countries.  This year’s event promises to be even bigger, and we’re really happy to be part of this annual celebration of learning through play.

We’re pretty sure this is the only FIRST related event. Caine showed the world the power of imagination, creativity and ingenuity.   Let’s help him kick it up a few notches, and show the world how we can Make it Loud! even with cardboard.