An incredible group of thirteen 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students at Baton Rouge Center for Visual and Performing Arts (“BRCVPA”), a public elementary magnet school located at 2040 South Acadian Thruway, has been invited to compete at the Destination Imagination (“DI”) Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee this May. The competition, billed as the “World’s Largest Celebration of Creativity,” will include more than 1,400 teams of students from 45 U.S. states and 14 different countries competing in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) themed challenges.
The two teams from BRCVPA were awarded the opportunity to compete on this global stage after taking 1st place in the state DI competition on Saturday March 4 in Bossier City, LA. This is the first time the school has fielded a DI team and the first time they competed at the state level. The BRCVPA teams are also the only teams from Baton Rouge to be invited to Global Finals. The teams competed in DI’s engineering challenge (“Drop Zone”) and science challenge (“Unlikely Attraction”).
In “Drop Zone,” students were tasked with engineering a structure that could withstand weights being dropped on it from more than two feet high while incorporating it into a dramatic performance. The “Unlikely Attraction” competition challenges kids to imagine a theme park style attraction in an unexpected place and bring it to life using science.
The two teams are now actively preparing to represent Baton Rouge on the world stage in May while fundraising to make it possible for the children to travel and compete. In order to do so, they must raise approximately $15,000 which will cover each student’s lodging, meals, and other related costs for the duration of the Global Finals.
These students need your help to get to Knoxville! Lend your support today, no matter how big or small your gift, and help these kids represent Baton Rouge on the world stage!
All donations are tax deductible. BRCVPA Tax ID number: 72-6000353. For more information about BRCVPA, visit www.brcvpa.com. For more information on Destination Imagination and the 2018 Global Finals, visit www.globalfinals.org.
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