Village People: D89 Students Among Global Problem-Solving Elite

Friday, June 8, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: District 89 students were among more than 1,400 of the top-scoring Destination Imagination teams who competed in Tennessee this year. | Courtesy District 89

Each May, more than 1,400 of the highest-scoring Destination Imagination teams from 45 states and 14 countries travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to showcase their innovative solutions to various Challenges in the STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Math) fields. This year, a team of District 89 students were among that elite pool of teams.

The Destination Imagination Global Finals, held May 22 through May 27, allow students from around the world to compete in a tournament that requires them to think outside of the box on innovative solutions to various Challenges.

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District 89 students participating in the Destination Imagination Global Finals in Tennessee. | Courtesy District 89 

The students also took courses on making props and costumes with balloons, among other skills workshops.

According to D89 officials, the six-member Skittles team from District 89 placed 32nd in the Instant Challenge, which requires students to “quickly assess a situation, make a plan, and work together to create a solution in a very short period of time,” according to Destination Imagination’s website. The Skittles placed 45th overall.

“The Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning,” the website explains.

“Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams may showcase their solutions at a tournament.”VFP 

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