|Edible, Cherry Creek High School||The Seven Incredible Hopeful Helpers, Creekside Elementary|
After achieving honors for creativity, teamwork and innovation in regional and state academic tournaments, nine teams from the Cherry Creek School District competed with 1,400 teams from around the world in the Destination Imagination Global Finals, held May 25-28 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Two of the CCSD teams – Edible from Cherry Creek High School and The Seven Incredible Hopeful Helpers from Creekside Elementary – placed in the top 10.
They competed against other teams in 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.
Edible from Cherry Creek High School placed 4th in the Improv Challenge, Secondary Level, which The Seven Incredible Hopeful Helpers from Creekside Elementary placed 8th in the Service Learning Challenge.
Destination Imagination has had a positive impact on more than 1.5 million students who have taken part in its acclaimed Challenge 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.
“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. “Quantitative reasoning, collaborative problem solving, risk taking, collaboration, presentations and thinking on your feet are some of the important skills learned in the program.”
Destination Imagination is a leader in project-based learning opportunities that blend STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with the arts and social entrepreneurship. Its academic challenges are designed to teach kids how to think, not what to think, and then present their solutions at regional and state tournaments.
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.
Destination Imagination, Inc. dedicates itself to enriching the global community by providing opportunities for learners of all ages to explore and discover using the creative process from imagination to innovation. For more information about Global Finals, visit http://globalfinals.org/.