CIS creates with cardboard

Published 4:51 pm Thursday, May 10, 2018

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

Creativity and cardboard met in colorful and complex designs at the Clanton Intermediate School Makers Museum.

The display was the result of the hard work of Lisa Brown’s students and their families.

Brown said the assignment was to create something, primarily out of cardboard that had a moving part. She said she enjoyed seeing how excited the students got about the project.

“They are proud to show it off,” Brown said.

Some create games, such as skee-ball or ring toss, while others created vehicles or models with moving parts.

Cayden Meank built a replica of the wheel from Wheel of Fortune.

“I thought it would be great to do Wheel of Fortune because its’s America’s classic game,” Meank said. “I enjoy how they solve the puzzles.”

The cardboard pieces of dry cleaning hangers were used as the pegs around the end of the wheel. A bent triangular piece of cardboard serves as the marker for the pegs as the large circular board spins.

“There were stencils, and I drew the outline of them (the numbers) and I painted them black,” Meank said.

Family members helped with the rest of the painting.

Meank said this was his favorite part of the project.

“When it turned out, it looked so cool,” Meank said.

Marshall Thornhill built a table soccer game using only cardboard and wooden dowels.

“At church, they have a Foosball table, and I love foosball, so I came up with what I wanted to make it,” Thornhill said.

The game has paper printouts glued to cardboard for the players. A ping pong ball is used as the ball. While Thornhill said the cardboard pieces have a limited range, the game is fully functional.

Visitors to the event could try their hand at Tenna To’s claw machine. To created the game with some help from her brother using a cardboard base, lights, pencils, small toys and a magnet.

She said her favorite part was creating the space with the prizes and the magnetic claw. The magnet was connected to a pole of pencils with string. Twisting the string on the pencil made the magnet go up or down.

Samuel Sims was riding around in his cardboard fox mobile.

“I like foxes,” Sims said.

Sims’ mom Samantha said he came up with the design, and she helped him complete it.

“I enjoyed seeing his creativity, seeing his creative mind working the details of the idea,” Samantha Sims said.

Smaller projects were displayed on tables.

“I am obsessed with windmills … I just made a windmill because my grandfather has a windmill at home that he made and I wanted to show him that I can make my own, too,” Malie Harrison said.

Harrison said measurements on the windmill blades were important to ensure that each one was the same size. Her favorite part of the project was decorating it.

Chloe Shiers created a lighthouse using a solar powered light with a cardboard base. An additional piece of cardboard was used to cover the light’s sensor to make it come on.

“I really love the ocean,” Shiers said.

She added a walkway around the top of the light house and added cardboard cutouts of rocks to complete the scene.

Her favorite part was creating the rocks.

Kayleigh Payton created a marble track patterned after a roller coaster.

“Everyone was doing games, so it reminded me of a carnival, and I was thinking about a roller coaster and a water slide,” Payton said.

Cardboard tubes were used for the slide and popsicle sticks provided the frame.

“When I go to a fair, I love riding the roller coaster,” Payton said.

She said she used science, and some help from her mom, to figure out how to make the curves needed for the track.

Kaiden Powell was inspired by the board game Battleship and a project he saw on You Tube for his War Ship game.

Flexible cardboard was rolled into a tube for a marble to roll out of to knock opponent’s ships of the board.

He said he enjoyed building the marble shooters because of the complexity and that he was able to work on it with his mom and stepdad.

Kaiden Powell’s mom Sabrina said it was good to see that the project worked.

Allie Fulmer created a ring toss using cardboard and water bottles. The rings were pipe cleaners twisted together.

“I really like the fair, and this is like something you would have at a fair,” Fulmer said.

She said the most difficult part was getting the decorative jewels to stay on.

Her favorite part of the project was painting it.

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