After achieving honors for creativity, teamwork and innovation in regional and state academic tournaments, two Saline DI teams have earned the right to compete in Destination Imagination's Global Finals, the world’s largest celebration of student creativity, to be held May 25-28, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The two teams are “The Duct Apez” and “ETAJE” from Saline Area Schools. The Duct Apez team is a Saline High School team competing at the Senior Level in the Fine Arts Team Challenge. This all-Sophomore team pictured below at last Saturday’s Instant Challenge Workshop held at Waterford Village Campus includes: (L-R) Jaron Stacey, Tyler Kudlak, Derek Liemohn, and Alex Mah. They have been selected to carry the Michigan flag and Michigan sign to represent their Affiliate into the Opening Awards Ceremony this Wednesday, May 25th at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN.
The all-seventh grade Saline Middle School team, who named themselves “ETAJE,” is competing in the Structural Team Challenge pictured here at Central Michigan University at the State Finals and is comprised of: Emma Boulter, Ava Hajratwala, Téa Hajratwala, Jolie Kretzschmar, and Elise Campbell.
These two Saline DI teams will compete with other teams in the Fine Arts and Structural Team Challenges, respectively. These Team Challenges are two 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.
"Destination Imagination is a non-profit, volunteer-led organization that inspires and equips students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders," said Ginger Liemohn, Program Coordinator of Saline DI. “One of the key distinctions about this student-led creativity program is the ‘No Interference Policy” that members, families, and Team Managers sign at the beginning of each season. The Team Challenge Solution is solely the creation of the team members involved without outside influence. This enables the team to be bold and try possible solutions that fail and retry many times during the Oct-Mar season. The fact that Saline DI teams consistently have 1-2 teams a year that qualify for Global Finals is a testament to the intelligence and grit of our Saline Area School students.”
This year 150,000 Destination Imagination 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.
The Duct Apez and ETAJE are among more than 8,000 students representing more than 1,400 teams that will advance to Global Finals, which will be held at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville May 25-28. There will be 67 teams from the state of Michigan, the 3rd largest Affiliate participating in Global Finals behind Texas (150 teams), and China (85 teams.)
“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/.