Saline Middle School Hosts Destination Imagination Tournament

 02/12/2018 - 16:10
Pictured from left to right: Ryan Schwartz, Claudia Curcione, Cameron White, and Zach Rein. Not included in the photo: Connor Wright.

Saline Middle School hosted an innovative, fun-filled Destination Imagination (DI) Tourament on Saturday, Feb. 10. Twenty-four student-led teams ranging from the elementary to the high school level presented their creative solutions to a number of mind-bending challenges in the fields of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) and service learning.

Destination Imagination is a global, volunteer-led non-profit whose mission is to teach students the creative process and help them gain the 21st century skills needed to succeed in the future workforce, including creative and critical thinking, collaborative problem solving and project management.  The organization holds regional, state, and global competitions to encourage creativity in the world's youth.  The youngest teams (K-2nd grade) participate in the Rising Stars non-competitive division of DI. 

One of the Saline High School Scientific teams, “The Zurphendurfs” won the DaVinci Award.  Here’s an excerpt from the Award description:  This team’s unconventional approach to this year’s challenge completely blew the Appraisers away.  It is difficult to map the human mind let alone after devastating loss.  For this secondary level to seriously approach and accurately portray this sensitive emotion was something beyond their years!  Using drama to portray grief instead of humor was a welcomed and refreshing change.  With near flawless execution of the set and props this skit resonated with Appraisers to their core. 

Fifteen competitive Saline DI teams (3rd-12th grade) placed first, second, or third in their division, and will proceed to the State Finals competition April 14th, at Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan.

Saline DI also had 2 non-competitive teams (grades K-2nd grade) who presented their unique solutions.

Competitive teams who place in the top 3 at the State Finals will be eligible to proceed to the Global Finals event in May 2018.  Global Finals is the culminating event of every Destination Imagination season. Each year, more than 1,000 teams from over 30 countries gather at Global Finals at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville campus to showcase their top-ranking Challenge solutions.  Saline DI as a non-profit raises money every year to support teams.

Interested in learning more about the DI?  For more information about Saline Destination Imagination, go to www.salinedi.org.  Teams form in the September-October timeframe, and participate in competitions in the winter and spring.  Also, find us on your favorite social media:

  • Facebook under “Saline DI”
  • Twitter “@Saline_DI”
  • Instagram  “SalineDI”
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