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The Destination Imagination (DI) team from Hanover Elementary School has earned the right to compete in Destination Imagination’s Global Finals Tournament in Kansas City. Left to right are Lucy Shedlov, Morgan Thompson, Cecelia Tregaskis, Madison Henry and Ivy Schepers.

After achieving honors for creativity, teamwork and innovation in regional and state tournaments, a Destination Imagination (DI) team from Hanover has earned the right to compete in Destination Imagination’s Global Finals Tournament, the world’s largest celebration of student creativity. Each team presented their “Central Challenge” and complete an “Instant Challenge” May 22 to 25 in Kansas City, Missouri.

There will be among 1,500-plus teams competing from 15-plus countries from around the world.

The 5 McLim Muddy Monkeys, is made up of five fourth and fifth grade girls, Cecelia Tregaskis, Lucy Shedlov, Ivy Schepers, Morgan Thompson and Madison Henry from Hanover Elementary School. This team chose the Scientific challenge which included researching the human body and how it works. Their skit includes a story about an evil character who “poisons” two girls which causes them to have the same odd symptoms.

“This team has shown tremendous effort in the areas of collaboration, creativity, problem solving and hard work to create their solution! I am extremely proud of how much they have accomplished this year and loved to watch them grow throughout the season,” said Angie Henry, team manager.

Destination Imagination is open to all kindergarten through university level students worldwide. Students form teams of up to 7 members, select their preferred Challenge and work together to develop a solution to the Challenge. Each team has at least one Team Manager (often a parent or teacher) who helps keep the team on track, but does not assist or interfere with the team’s project. This year, more than 150,000 individuals from 46 states and 25 countries formed 16,000 DI Teams.

Each year, Destination Imagination works with educators and industry experts to develop seven, new academic Challenges in the fields of STEM, the arts, social entrepreneurship and early learning.

At the start of every season, DI teams select a Challenge that aligns with their interests and passion. In solving a Challenge, students improve in creative and critical thinking, utilize effective teamwork, build on their unique strengths, learn how to design and manage a project, and gain the skills needed for the 21st century workforce.

In DI, students use their own, organic ideas to problem solve. They can be taught the skill, but must build and create everything on their own with no outside help. Teams may ask for knowledge or instruction of a skill that they feel could be useful in problem solving. Teams have met with an electrician to learn how to wire circuits for lights with toggle switches, and wood working tool instruction for large set builds. However, the design, creation, and often times problem solving if original design is flawed somehow also must be completed by the team. Also, each challenge has a challenge budget and all money spent on materials, props, costumes, and anything used during their performance must not exceed this budget.

During the first calendar quarter, teams have the opportunity to participate in a regional competition where their creative 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 rankings at the regional level advance to the Affiliate (state or country) academic competitions, then the top-tiered teams from the Affiliate tournaments advance to Global Finals.

In addition to this main central challenge, the team also competes in an “Instant Challenge” where, without preparation, they are presented a task to either create a structure using specific limited materials, create a spontaneous performance, or a combination of both, all meeting specific point requirements.

These local teams would like to thank past and current supporters of this program including: Hanover Lions, Crow River Lions and area businesses.

For more information about Destination Imagination, visit globalfinals.org or www.idodi.org.

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