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Destination Imagination


April 14, 2017

After achieving honors for creativity, teamwork and innovation at state level academic tournaments, “DI of the Earth” has earned the right to compete in Destination Imagination’s Global Finals, the world’s largest celebration of student creativity, to be held May 24-27 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Team members include RayLee Haun, Cody Swift, Josh Snook, Megan Gallagher, and Mason Carey, all 6th graders at Koogler Middle School.

They will compete with other teams in the In It Together (Structural/Engineering) Challenge, one of seven open-ended challenges that require students to apply science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, in addition to their talents in improvisation, theater arts, writing, project management, communication, innovation, teamwork, community service and social entrepreneurship.

When asked what they loved most about the Destination Imagination experience, Cody responded, “I love that we take a handful of kids that like the same stuff and we work together to accomplish something strange most people wouldn’t think to take on.” Mason is excited about “the instant challenges, that you don’t know what to expect and you have to think fast and work together to figure it out.” RayLee, Josh, and Megan all agreed they love to be creative in the challenges and are excited to travel to Tennessee.

Destination Imagination (DI) has had a positive impact on more than 1.5 students who have taken part in its acclaimed academic program. This year, 150,000 students have participated in tournaments throughout the U.S. and 30 countries in hopes of earning a spot at the Global Finals competition in May.

“DI of the Earth” is among more than 8,000 students representing more than 1,400 teams that will advance to Global Finals 2017.

“The Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity,” said Chuck Cadle, CEO of Destination Imagination. “Collaborative problem solving, risk taking, project management and thinking on your feet are just a few of the important skills learned in our program.”

Each year, DI competitions begin with a regional tournament, where team solutions are assessed by a panel of trained Appraisers, ranging from educators to artists to engineers. Each team solution is scored on a variety of elements, including originality, workmanship, presentation and teamwork. Teams with the highest scores advance to the Affiliate (state or country) Tournaments. The top-tiered teams from the Affiliate Tournaments advance to Global Finals.


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