Project Based Learning Activity: Cardboard Creation

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Cardboard is everywhere. It comes in all shapes and sizes, including groceries and boxes for shipping from super-thin pieces to the heavy duty stuff. BUT cardboard is more than just recycled paper-- It can be turned into anything your students can dream of and that is just what they are going to do.

Cardboard Creation is a project based learning activity (PBL) that asks students to take cardboard and transform it into something new. They can create a game, a toy, sculptures, or whatever else they can imagine. There are unlimited possibilities when it comes to working with cardboard...and it's time to see what the kids can do.

This PBL will walk students through the students of designing and planning how and what they will create. This project integrates elements of design, STEM, science, math, and art as students learn about create a new item from cardboard.

There are 14 activities (most are 1 page each) for students to complete. Each page involves an issue or topic they must solve, design, create, or research as they working through creating their creation. As students work through each page, they will make their own decisions and choose the outcomes based on information they learn. By the end, all students will have completed the project, but each version will be based on the creator’s imagination, creativity, and mindset.

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PAGE Title Contents
6 Introduction
Students are introduced to their objective of creating a resource from cardboard.

8 Brainstorm
Students brainstorm items they could create using a list of categories.

9 Picking The Creation
Students make a final decision of the creation they will be creating and designing.

10 Design Elements
Students use this page to illustrate some of the different techniques that can be used when creating with cardboard (such as folding, creating notches, glue/tape).

11 Design Techniques
Students illustrate and write different design techniques they can use putting their creation together. This includes folding, creating notches, tying with string, and more.

12 Rough Draft
Students create a rough draft design of their creation, along with six key features of the design.

13 Problem Solver
Students answer questions about their design.

14 Breakdown
Students break down the specific parts they will need to make their creation.

15 Final Design
Students make their final design after studying the rough drafts, identifying particular parts, and reflecting on what will/won’t work.

16 Alternate Angles
Students must create designs of what their creation will look like from three different angles (top, side, and cross-section).

17 Features
Students write the specific features that are included in their designs. This can vary between pieces and parts to moveable portions of the creation.

18 How It Works
Students lay out (in four steps)(plus an extra page of unmarked steps) how the creation works.

20 Final Thoughts
Students reflect on their design and creation, answering more open-ended questions.

21 Cardagrams
Students create/share two social media illustrations of their creation being used in action.

22 Reflection
Students score themselves on this self-assessment rubric.

23 Extension Ideas
A list of four extension ideas for teachers, INCLUDING allowing students to take their creation and build it in real life!


All pages can be geared towards multiple grade levels, although for some younger students the teacher may need to give more explicit instructions. Students may choose to use multiple resources to complete each page. They might even choose to work with a partner, but you get final say on that.


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