North Otter Elementary students turned boxes into something – anything – else in their Used to Be a Box Challenge.

Students attack boxes with enthusiasm and imagination

The Used to Be a Box Challenge brought a wide variety of results at North Otter Elementary

By Bob Groeneveld/Langley Advance Times

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They used to be boxes, and now they’re something else.

Students at North Otter Elementary were challenged to turn ordinary boxes into something useful, or something artistic, or something fun… or just something different.

The “Used to be a Box Challenge” was given to students to work on at home over spring break.

All of the students were just told to “transform a box into something new,” explained North Otter principal Tanya Rogers at the unveiling of the kids’ creations on April 26. “That’s all the details they were given [and they had] about three weeks to think about it and put it together.”

Some students took the challenge on as an Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies project, explained Rogers, “and that’s why you see a great range of boxes.”

Some of the boxes ended up with moveable or working parts, because one class incorporated the challenge into its ADST and electricity unit, she noted, “but basically, it’s anything goes.”

The challenge was dependent on the students’ creativity and imagination.

“There’s no limit to what they can do,” said Rogers. “so you’ll see a great variety where kids have taken the challenge on all by themselves, and there are ones where it has been intereactive with their parents and you get more advanced items.”

“Children never cease to amaze me, and their creativity and innovation is boundless and endless,” said Rogers, “so I am always pleasantly surprised, but not surprised by what kids are capable of.”

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North Otter Elementary students turned boxes into something – anything – else in their Used to Be a Box Challenge.

North Otter Elementary students turned boxes into something – anything – else in their Used to Be a Box Challenge.

North Otter Elementary students turned boxes into something – anything – else in their Used to Be a Box Challenge.

North Otter Elementary students turned boxes into something – anything – else in their Used to Be a Box Challenge.

North Otter Elementary students turned boxes into something – anything – else in their Used to Be a Box Challenge.

North Otter Elementary students turned boxes into something – anything – else in their Used to Be a Box Challenge.

North Otter Elementary students turned boxes into something – anything – else in their Used to Be a Box Challenge.

North Otter Elementary students turned boxes into something – anything – else in their Used to Be a Box Challenge.

North Otter Elementary students turned boxes into something – anything – else in their Used to Be a Box Challenge.

North Otter Elementary students turned boxes into something – anything – else in their Used to Be a Box Challenge.

North Otter Elementary students turned boxes into something – anything – else in their Used to Be a Box Challenge.

North Otter Elementary students turned boxes into something – anything – else in their Used to Be a Box Challenge.

North Otter Elementary students turned boxes into something – anything – else in their Used to Be a Box Challenge.

North Otter Elementary students turned boxes into something – anything – else in their Used to Be a Box Challenge.

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