The Meta-Cardboard Maker Cart

I’m doing a new cardboard construction unit with my 5th graders to introduce engineering design process and hand tool use.They are challenged to design and prototype cardboard furniture pieces that can be used in the school. To inspire them, I built this “meta-cardboard maker cart” for use in their classrooms.

The cart is one half tool cabinet and one half raw materials bin. I aimed for agile and interchangeable storage units in the cart. Swapping out tools and bins quickly will be a big help.

The tool cabinet has shelves, bins, magnetic racks and charging in the base for the power tools. The materials bin in the back has an array of recovered cardboard pieces in varied flutes and geometries for students to build with.

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