Send Gabe to D.I. Global Competition
Help send me to Destination Imagination Global Competition in Knoxville, Tennessee from May 21st - May 25th 2013.
Gabe and Team T.A.P. came in a fantastic 23rd (out of 76 international and national teams competing in the elementary level. Gabe's team came in 8th for their story and 10th for their vehicles. It was easily their best performance of the year, against international competition far tougher than at the Illinois tournament.
Scoring was really tight. So close, that a just a mere .25 of an inch by one of their vehicles (to put it in the next scoring zone) would have move them up to 13th place!
Highlights of their presentation included scoring 38% more points for accuracy than any previous tournament, and having a near perfect score for integrating a vehicle into the story line.
DI has provided Gabe & his teammates with a tremendous experience. They have learned scientific principles behind propulsion, chemical reactions, forces of gravity and laws of motion. Technology and engineering were learned, and then used to build their vehicles and make them travel straight. They used probability and statistics to find just the right way for launching vehicles to achieve the maximum score.
For Gabe, he also had an incredible experience in interacting with other students from around the country and across the globe. He felt in his element and was comfortable interacting with others since he knew every kid there loved science (and pin-trading) like him. The energy, excitement and enthusiasm throughout the Globals was mind-blowing. Gabe will never forget the experience! While he did not score as high as he wanted, the experience has left a burning desire to compete and make it to Globals again.
Gabe's dad and I could not have offered this life-changing experience to Gabe (and his sisters) without your support. Thank you!
p.s. Your generosity has enabled me to donate $135 to the One Fund Boston. I will post a photo of the receipt as soon as the donation goes through.