After coming in First Place in our Regional Tournament, and Second Place in our State Tournament, we're the first team in twelve years from Hooksett to make it to the Global Finals! But, to get there, our team needs to raise about $25,000 to pay for plane tickets, meal plans, rooms, and more.
We need your help! If you're able, we're asking you to please make a donation to help us get to Tennessee. Every little bit helps.
What is Destination Imagination (DI)?
Destination Imagination is an educational organization that gives students the chance to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation, by teaching participants the essential skills of creativity, teamwork, and problem solving.
DI's main program is a global problem solving tournament that begins with the fall school semester each year. Elementary, middle, and high school students form teams of up to seven members, and each team selects one of seven mind-bending Challenges created by Destination Imagination volunteers. With the guidance of a teacher or parent as Team Manager, each team creates an action plan and works together for weeks or months to develop and create a solution to the Challenge. From the U.S to China, Poland, Colombia and Brazil, student creativity is unleashed in astonishing ways in the Destination Imagination program.
Each year, 1,000 or more teams advancing from regional, state, and country-level tournaments have the opportunity to compete at Destination Imagination's Global tournament held in May at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
First, teams compete in the regional tournament, and the top two teams in your level doing your challenge will advance to the state competition. Then, the top two teams in the state finals will advance to the global competition in Knoxville, Tennessee.
How Did We Get Here?
Our challenge, The Tension Builds, was a structural challenge in which we were required to build a structure and see how much weight it could support. We also had to perform a play up to eight minutes long and incorporate our structure into it. Everything needed to be done by the team, and we couldn't get any help at all from our parents or teachers.
Since our challenge was called The Tension Builds, we had to incorporate tension into our play. Our play was about three genies who get into a fight, which causes three wishes granted to scientists to go wrong. The first wish was to have a robot help build a structure, but the robot won't stop dancing. The second wish was to go the the biggest fast food restaurant in the world, and while the scientist is there, the waiters drop all of his food and blame each other for the accident. The third wish was to go to a World Series game, but one of the scientists gets hit in the head with a baseball, and ends up with a concussion. The genies heal the scientist who was hurt, and then all come together and make up, and fix everything that went wrong. The tension is resolved, and everyone is happy.
We also had to build a structure using only wood, glue, and fishing line. The structure needed to be lightweight and fit within specified dimensions given to us by DI. During the competition, we stacked weights on top of our structure to see how much it could hold. Our little structure was able to hold 260lbs!
In our regional tournament the top two teams advance. We came in first place in our age level, so we advanced to the state finals along with the second place team. In states, the rules are the same (top two move on), and we tied for second! In fact, we missed winning by only 4 points, with the first place team scoring 327 while we scored 323. Second place in the state still allows us to join all of the other top teams from 45 US states and 14 different countries, May 21-24 in Knoxville, Tennessee for our Global tournament!
But we need your help! Any support you can offer is greatly appreciated!
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