Watching Cain’s arcade brought tears of joy and a smile to my face. Cain is a clever boy spending his summer at his dad’s auto parts shop in East Los Angeles. He is full of desire to create, invent and share with others his vision. With a lot work and perseverance, Cain was able to achieve his dream to build an arcade out of cardboard boxes. Despite his efforts, he didn’t have any customers, but he never gave up hope. He modified and constructed new games. His mind was constantly wondering on how to improve the arcade. For example, he built a hand claw machine, constructed with string, with no help from anyone. He also had calculators attached to the games, which he used to validate the fun card code. It was fascinating to see how a 9 year old utilized all of the resources available to him in such an innovative way.
I was really touched by Cain’s genuine passion for his arcade. These are results of what children are capable of doing when they are allowed to think freely. I want to be like Cain, so full of creativity and desire to achieve one’s dream. I would like to spark and inspire others, not only our students, but also with educators and parents. In order to allow this kind of learning in our classrooms, educators must first begin by shifting how the instruction is being delivered. It is the educator’s responsibility to explore and learn about some of the abundant resources available to us. This, in turn, will provide students with opportunities to move beyond seeking meaning, and to create meaning with real world problems. Cain’s arcade also demonstrates how connected we are, regardless of our geographical location. All it took was one customer, Nirvan to share Cain’s passion for his arcade.