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This activity is more of a program idea - have your patrons get creative by using cardboard to create their own arcade! Watch the videos for inspiration and ideas, and visit the "related links" for more information. 

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Add a Tech Twist Optional: Try using mini-LED bulbs and small batteries to add some excitement to your arcade!
Hints for uses in your library This is an idea for a long, multi-hour or multi-day program. It is an open-ended activity, and would be good for tweens.

You should really emphasize the engineering design process throughout this program. The arcade games must be "play-tested" multiple times!

Tips:
- Tickets or prizes may be distracting and time-consuming for the patrons
-Games must be heavily play-tested and revised
-Games should have thoughtful, complicated build elements
- The games should be somewhat complicated to build, but an easy, fun experience for players
-Design FIRST, on paper. Blueprint with dimensions and measurements, top, bottom, side views and cross-section if needed.
Related Links Build a Pinball Game
Caine's Arcade
Caine's Arcade 2
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Originating Source PBS Design Squad
Related Books
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These children’s books all deal with various themes involved in engineering such as the engineering design process, specific projects such as building bridges or houses, and perseverance through failure.

• Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
• Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty
• Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
• This Bridge Will Not Be Gray by Dave Eggers
• Cross a Bridge by Ryan Ann Hunter
• What To Do With an Idea? By Kobi Yamada
• Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
• Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
• The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
• The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
• How a House is Built by Gail Gibbons

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Cardboard Arcade

Cardboard Arcade

This activity is more of a program idea - have your patrons get creative by using cardboard to create their own arcade! Watch the videos for inspiration and ideas, and visit the "related links" for more information.