Send the Skittleworms to Globals!
This year, the Skittleworms, the elementary level team from Bedford, has qualified for the Destination Imagination Global Finals in Knoxville, TN. They did this by winning at the regional competition, and at states, making them the best in the state of Massachusetts.
The Skittleworms is a team including, Rachael Hsu, Jane Stewart, Toby Favalora, Ada Cooprider, Evan Kelly and Hayden McAllister. They are a team of fifth graders who love to build and create. We spent seven months working on our Destination Imagination challenge solution. The Skittleworms have been together since 2015. In 2015 we got to states and placed third, coming very close to going to Globals. We have dreamed of getting to go to Global Finals since third grade, and we all thought that that was a unrealistic dream.
Our challenge this year was to create a performance about how a color disappearing changes the world. We had to include research about the color that disappeared, a colorful character who was affected by and/or caused the color’s disappearance. We also had to include a vanishing act, in which something disappeared using technical theater methods. We studied and researched color science, animation, projection, and made a homemade pipe instrument and composed an original song. We built all our sets ourselves and made all our costumes ourselves. This was our performance at the regional competition.
Global Finals is an amazing experience, where you get to meet Destination Imagination students from other countries, and have the experience of a lifetime, while also performing your skit and doing an instant challenge. But this all comes at a cost.
Global Finals comes at a fee, plus we need to pay for plane tickets, food and housing at the tournament. We need your help to get to Globals so that we can bring our hard work and amazing performance further and meet people from around the world that love creating as much as we do.
Thank you for supporting us and our hard work!
As the kids said themselves when they put together this fundraising page less than two months ago, " We have dreamed of getting to go to Global Finals since third grade, and we all thought that that was a unrealistic dream." When their dream came true, I had another fear -- would it be something that could possibly live up to their sky-high expectations?
In fact, their five days in Tennessee was all they could have hoped for, and more. They met kids from across the country and around the world, striking up conversations and friendships with DI teams from Poland, Turkey, and Guatemala. They participated in demonstrations and expositions sponsored by NASA and other eminent names in science and technology. They acted in improv workshops, experienced virtual reality, built and raced hovercrafts, and were randomly selected to be among just 16 kids representing Massachusetts in the parade of states/nations in the opening ceremony. They learned what it is like to be surrounded by "your tribe" -- people who cherish creativity, self-expression, teamwork, friendship, and silliness as much as they do.
And to top it all off -- they brought home a TROPHY! Our six superhero Skittleworms edged out a team from Singapore to take third place in an international field of 48 contenders!
It was, to be sure, the week of a lifetime. A week they'll remember for always.
And YOU made it possible. Thank you for believing in these kids and for helping them make this dream come true.
Check out this montage of all their wonderful memories, including the thrilling moment that they hear their name called as a winner and start making their way down to the floor of the HUGE arena!
We are so deeply touched by your support and generosity. We will all remember it always.
We are so moved by your generosity. Thanks to your contributions we have met our goal!! The entire kid-constructed styrofoam coral reef is on its way to Tennessee, and the kids have begun packing their bags!
The kids are about to have the trip of a lifetime... which makes them extraordinarily lucky. As parents, we know they are far luckier still to have YOU and your support and encouragement for this and all their milestones.
With love and thanks,
Jenn and Gregg
Jenny and Dave
Meg and Mike
Heather and Nathan
Meiling and Edward
Amy and Kevin
on behalf of THE SKITTLEWORMS!!