Seventh-grade students at Valley Central Middle School (VCMS) filled the “cafetorium” on the morning of March 1, 2017, actively engaged in playing arcade games. These games didn’t have all of the bells and whistles of traditional arcade games, but they did have something better -- they were all created by VCMS seventh-grade students for their very own “Viking Arcade.”
Two weeks earlier, all the seventh-grade art students had learned about a boy in California named Caine Munroy, who had made national news during the summer of 2009 for an arcade he had created from boxes at his father’s auto parts shop. Cai
ne’s ingenuity and creativity were celebrated in a short film (cainesarcade.com) which became an overnight sensation and has sparked the efforts of the Imagination Foundation to give all kids the same opportunity to showcase their creativity.
VCMS art teachers Patricia Behr, Kathryn Foti and Ashley Nozell then challenged the students to create a table-top-sized version of
an arcade game using only recycled materials. The students submitted nearly 300 games. Some were just plain cardboard, while others were decked out with paint, decorative tapes and lights; but they all had one thing in common -- they were made to be played!
While the Viking Arcade only lasted for one morning, more than 20 games were selected to be displayed again in the art show scheduled to take place during the Night of Specials on Thursday, March 30 from 6:30- 8:00 p.m. at VCMS.