Students use imagination, creativity

Three local teams head to Knoxville, Tenn., to compete in Global Destination ImagiNation
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Three teams comprised of Roseville and Granite Bay students will soon head to Knoxville, Tenn., to compete in Global Destination ImagiNation. They earned the opportunity by finishing first or second in the California statewide competition in San Jose April 10. Their journey is still a few weeks away, but the team will host a Pasta Night fundraising dinner Friday, May 14, to raise money to cover travel expenses. During the Destination ImagiNation competition, students engage in the world’s largest creativity and problem-solving program for youth. More than 100,000 students in some 30 countries, including the United States, participate annually in challenges. Teams of up to seven children spend between eight and 12 weeks creating a solution to the given challenge. The challenge’s focus may be theatrical, structural, improvisational, scientific, technical or a blend of all these areas. Teams also learn and practice quick-thinking skills for the Instant Challenge portion of the program. Participants learn life skills including teamwork, critical and creative thinking, project management, resource management, mutual respect, research and presentation skills and self-reliance. The teams must design, create and present the solution to their challenge without any help from adult team managers, who only help facilitate and guide discussion. The local program is run completely by volunteers and coordinated by teachers at local schools. The Olympus Junior High School team of six eighth-graders, “EPIC,” has competed in Destination ImagiNation together for the last four years. They placed first in the Engingeering challenge at the Middle School level duing the state competition. For the challenge, EPIC repurposed an outdoor basketball hoop, an old remote control car and closet poles to construct a delivery mechanism that delivers hacky sacks over a 6” wall onto randomly picked targets. They also created a skit about the risks and rewards of making decisions. Cavitt Junior High School’s team, the “Golden Chocolate Pandas,” placed second in the Robotics challenge at state. The team learned about robotic technology and created a robot that performed a task. The team also presented an original story with the robot as a character and told the story of how the robot dramatically changed another character’s life. Ridgeview Elementary School’s team, “National Penguin Alliance” won second place in the Structural challenge. The team had to make a structure between 7.5” and 9” tall, with a 2” hole vertically through the center of the structure, and it needed to weigh less than 75 grams. They made their structure entirely out of newspaper and glue. It weighed 51 grams and held 310 pounds. They tested the structure during an 8-minute performance about a newsworthy event that happened in another country. The National Penguin Alliance team researched the building of the Berlin Wall and wrote a skit that included facts about the structure, which they performed. ~ Sena Christian ---------- Pasta Night takes places from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 14, in the multipurpose room at Eureka Elementary School, 5477 Eureka Road in Granite Bay. For tickets, call Deb Haag at (916) 791-2568. For more information about Destination ImagiNation, visit