Field Trip: Cardboard Design Challenge (Grades 3-5)

Many designers and artists use cardboard both as a prototyping material and as an art making material. It is easy to work with, inexpensive, pretty stable while being light and very malleable. In this workshop students will learn about how designers and artists use cardboard, the different material properties it has and will then design and build their own functional object for someone they know. 

Students will: 

  • Use empathy to understand the problem 

  • Practice skills of brainstorming and sketching 

  • Test their inventions with other people and learn from the feedback they receive

  • Work with a new medium to achieve a particular outcome

  • Work with new tools to design and create a functional object

  • Have an in depth exploration of one material and will leave knowing about the different types of cardboard that exist: single wall, double wall, triple wall, extra thick, and thin cardboard   

  • Leave knowing how to alter and transform cardboard to make it do different things. They will learn how to: weave, layer, score and use slits to transform cardboard

  • Leave with a broader idea of how cardboard is being used by designers and artists 

Learning Standards: 

  • VA3.CR.1c, VA3.CR.2, VA3.CR.4a,b, VA3.CN.3 

  • 4TH GRADE: Science and Engineering Practices, VA4.CR.4, VA4.CR.5 

  • MGSE5.G.3 

  • VA6.CR.3a,b,c

  • VA7.CR.2a,b, VA7.CR.3a,b,c 

  • VA8.CR.2a,b


  • Duration: 1.5 hours

  • Price: $15 per student and participating chaperone / non participating chaperones are free

  • Registrations that are cancelled 2 weeks prior to the workshop, class or school program will result in a refund of 50%. No refunds will be available for cancellations less than 2 weeks prior to the date of the workshop, class or school program.

  • Group size: 30 max / 10 minimum

  • Times: 10-11:30am or 10:30-12noon

  • Parking: MODA does not have a reserved parking area. Buses are able to park on 16th Street NE, between the High Museum of Art and First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. Please note that parking is on a first come, first serve basis. For smaller groups, with passenger vehicles, parking is available along Peachtree St. NE and in the Lanier Parking Deck located at 1337 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.

Have any questions? Contact Alice Vogler at to explore the possibilities of bringing your group to MODA.