My name is Justin, and my friend Ben and I are Gifted and Talented Teachers in North Texas. We founded our education company NuMinds Enrichment because we wanted to provide real, hands-on learning that inspires lifelong curiosity and development. We are not trying to compete with the schools in any capacity, but rather want to add a level of enrichment that will support what teachers are already doing.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we decided to take our program online in order to enhance in-home learning and provide a free resource for parents, teachers and students to use as they shelter at home. We broadcast interactive lessons daily on the hour through numinds.tv. The lessons are geared to multiple age groups and cover a variety of topics.
NuMinds Enrichment is also an EarthX-recognized sustainable company, and for the past seven years, we have celebrated recycling and repurposing by hosting a cardboard challenge in conjunction with Earth Day. The event was scheduled to take place in Texas this year, but we had to move online due to COVID-19.
The Cardboard Challenge was inspired by Caine Monroy (of Caine’s Arcade fame). Students use discarded cardboard and recyclable materials to create thematic projects. Participants are encouraged to then share their creations via email or social media to a centralized NuMinds location.
The Cardboard Challenge begins at 7 p.m. (CST) on Tuesday, April 21, with a member of the NuMinds team broadcasting live on YouTube every hour for 24-hours straight. The event will continue around the globe as NuMinds Challenge Ambassadors in Vietnam and Lebanon join in, and will conclude in Texas where it began.
The message we’d like to share is that creativity is not this general thing that some people have and some people don’t. We know from research that it’s more domain-specific–a dancer exhibits a different form of creativity than say, a neurosurgeon. I’ve found that understanding that concept is very freeing to people.
If you are able to create something for the Cardboard Challenge, then do it! There are no limits–everyone is welcome. Just taking the step and being willing to share it shows humility, vulnerability and is inspirational to others.
To learn more about the Cardboard Challenge and access the challenges on Tuesday, April 21, go to https://www.numinds.tv/earthday2020.
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