Santa Rosa Academy holds Caine’s Arcade extravaganza


A student challenges a classmate to a game of Air Hockey. Photo by Robin Shannon

Caine’s Arcade is a short film by Nirvan Mullick about a nine-year-old boy’s handmade cardboard arcade, located in his dad’s auto parts store in east Los Angeles. Caine’s Arcade was posted online in 2012 and became an instant viral phenomenon. The film received over 1 million views in the first 24 hours, and inspired a global movement to foster creativity in kids, leading to the launch of the Imagination Foundation and an annual Global Carboard Challenge.

The Santa Rosa Academy elementary students utilized their engineering and math skills to design fun and engaging arcade games made primarily out of cardboard boxes. On May 11, the students showcased their arcades and invited fellow classmates to bring their pennies and play them. The pennies collected were donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of Santa Rosa Academy students who have been diagnosed with the disease.