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By Neily Snook
Special To Talon 



2018 KMS Team-Members of KMS DI team advancing to Global Finals competition- Tim Trujillo- Caitlyn Swinney- Paige Adams- Josh Snook.

The Destination ImagiNation Koogler Middle School Team "DIestination Earth" won first place the state Destination ImagiNation tournament. Team members Josh Snook, Paige Adams, Caitlyn Swinney, and Tim Trujillo have earned the opportunity to compete at the Global level. The Global Finals Destination ImagiNation 2018 competition will be held at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN May 23-26, 2018. In order to attend the tournament, the team is holding multiple fundraisers to cover the cost of transportation and tournament fees. For more information, check out their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/AztecDI2018/#

This team participated in the "Drop Zone" Engineering Structural challenge. Using only lightweight wood, super glue, and cork, the team had to design, build and test a freestanding structure that could withstand impacts from dropped weights. The structure had to be incorporated into a skit involving a story about a sudden event with a dramatic impact. They also had to include a visible and audible depiction of the story's sudden event. This challenge focused on: Impact Force Research, Technical Design Process, Architectural Design, Structural Engineering, and Effective Storytelling.

Destination Imagination (DI) is a volunteer-led, educational non-profit organization that teaches 21st century skills and STEAM principles to kindergarten through university level students through creative and collaborative problem-solving challenges. Team members work together to develop a solution to one of 7 open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. Through the Challenge program, students learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation and learn skills needed to succeed in school, career and life, including teamwork, communication, project management, perseverance, creative and critical thinking, and self-confidence

The DI project is a culmination of nine months of the team's hard work, dedication to task, and teamwork. The opportunity to compete in the Global DI competition will develop and enhance creativity and problem solving skills. At Global Finals 2018, teams from more than 17 countries will showcase their Challenge solutions. Our students will learn about different cultures firsthand from fellow participants. Skills Workshops at Global Finals give participants of all ages the opportunity to learn from industry experts while further exploring their curiosities and enhancing their skill sets. The Innovation Expo will provide our students with a chance to be inspired by officials from some of the most innovative companies in the world, including NASA, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, National Geographic, Oracle Academy and Vizitech, as well as test the latest gadgets. Students will also have a chance to stretch their creativity and problem solving with Instant Challenge Boot Camps.


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