The games, made from cardboards and a variety of donated recyclable materials, were part of a massive engineering design project, which was spearheaded by the school’s Tier 1 classes.
“Our Tier 1 students worked hard over the past month creating exciting projects out of the donated items that came into our building,” said HMS Principal Ryan Philipp.
HMS put the call out early in the school year asking the community to drop off an assortment of items, and they came through, Philipp said.
The games were on display during the school’s Fall Family Night. Some of the games included pinball, Skee-ball and basketball.
The project, according to Philipp, was inspired by the documentary “Caine’s Arcade.”
The film chronicled Caine Monroy’s construction of a massive cardboard arcade in his father’s East Los Angeles auto parts store during the summer of 2011.
Monroy, who was 9 at the time, dreamed of the day when he would have customers drop by and play his games. The entire summer went by, and he didn’t have a single customer.
On the last day of summer, a filmmaker, Nirvan Mullick, walked in to buy a door handle for his car. He became Monroy’s first customer and was inspired by the boy’s creativity that he made a film about the arcade.
The film became a global phenomenon in 2012, with more than 10 million views online. Children around the world eventually started making their own cardboard arcades.