NH Destination ImagiNation Sends 39 Teams to Global Finals
For more info contact: Wayne Kurtzman firstname.lastname@example.org
Outstanding logic, creativity and out-of-the-box problem solving skills are sending 39 student teams from around the state to the world’s largest creative problem-solving competition, Destination ImagiNation Global Finals.
Saturday at Winnicunnet High School in Hampton, New Hampshire Destination ImagiNation held its State Finals competition where qualifying teams competed in judged challenges that incorporated core school subjects with a focus that is technical, scientific, arts-based, improvisational, structural or social-learning. These teams had advanced through competition around New Hampshire earlier in the month. What makes DI unique is that all solutions, including all ideas and construction must be done SOLELY by the team members, and not adults or friends.
These teams, now dubbed “Team New Hampshire”, range in elementary, middle and high school levels and will compete at “Globals” with 1,200 teams from virtually every state and Canadian province as well as over 13 other countries.
Destination ImagiNation Global Finals will be held from May 23 – May 26, 2012 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Teams will meet one final time before Global Finals on May 4th to learn from other team members and team managers, as well as Destination ImagiNation officials who reside in New Hampshire about what they can expect at Globals.
NOTE: Photos will be available on Sunday.
The following teams are advancing in the level and Challenge. Special Awards are listed below. Complete listings of all teams are posted on nh-di.org.
Challenge: Assembly Required
Londonderry School, Londonderry, #130-32235
Bicentennial Elementary School, Nashua, #130-76370
Hollis DI, Hollis, #130-13597
Chesterfield School, Spofford, #130-17251
Milford High School, Milford, #130-86946
Nashua High School South, Nashua, #130-70655
Challenge: The Solar Stage
Auburn Village, Auburn, #130-99497
McKelvie Intermediate School, Bedford, #130-25608
Hollis DI, Hollis, #130-15387
Windham DI, Windham, #130-12278
Bedford High School, Bedford, #130-55322
Timberlane Regional High School, Sandown, #130-69544
Segnet Team (Mascoma High), Enfield, #130-65663
Challenge: Coming Attractions
Bicentennial Elementary School, Nashua, #130-87774
Lincoln Akerman School, Hampton Falls, #130-36618
McKelvie Intermediate School, Bedford, #130-78018
Nashua Catholic Regional Junior, Nashua, #130-12798
2 GT Cooperative Middle School, Stratham, #130-38427
Hollis DI, Hollis, #130-93030
Pinkerton Academy, Derry, #130-24623
Inter-Lakes, Meredith, #130-51641
Challenge: News to Me
Birch Hill Elementary, Nashua, #130-11482
Bicentennial Elementary School, Nashua, #130-85827
Hampstead Academy, Hampstead, #130-21464
Grantham Village School, Grantham, #130-46171
Londonderry School, Londonderry, #130-47527
Lebanon High School, Grantham, #130-13022
Challenge: Hold It
Windham DI, Windham, #130-84612
Highbridge Hill Elementary, New Ipswich, #130-55269
Dover Middle School, Dover, #130-85231
Milford Middle School, Milford, #130-97670
Windham DI, Windham, #130-28389
Conant High School, Rindge, #130-77715
Challenge: projectOUTREACH: The World Canvas
Sunset Heights Elementary School, Nashua, #130-89322
Riddle Brook School, Bedford, #130-11681
Monadnock Regional Middle/Cutler, Swanzey, #130-80115
WLC-DI, Wilton, #130-19634
Random Adolescents, Grantham, #130-77877
Winnacunnet High School, Hampton, #130-81558
Special Awards – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
—DaVinci Award for Outstanding Creativity
This award is given for having a unique approach to a solution, for risk taking, and/or for outstanding creativity (not skill or talent).
Monadnock Regional HS
Challenge: Instant Challenge
It’s not often that an Instant Challenge performance wins an award. And even less often when it’s a DaVinci. This secondary team wowed their instant challenge appraisers with a “multi”-dimensional solution to their challenge. The unique interaction between three dimensional team members and two dimensional props was astounding. This team produced a fully developed improvisational sketch that brought a unique perspective to the challenge and made for a truly memorable performance.
Challenge: Coming Attractions
All in black and white and wonderfully evocative of the silent movie era, this cohesive performance simply and elegantly hinted at this film of unrequited love
— Renaissance Award for Outstanding Design, Engineering, Execution or Performance . . .
This team used materials provided to elevate the solution beyond the scope of the written challenge. They not only solved the problem in a way no other group considered, but they added verbal wit and knowledge to bring style to their solution.
This team effectively incorporated elegant simplicity in the construction of a beautiful scenic framework which allowed us to believe we were watching a real movie trailer that transported us to ancient Greece. This was a smooth and well crafted performance.
Out of the chaos of action, visual complexity, and sound this team created a masterpiece of tension and excitement evoking the essence of a modern action thriller.
A wooden, effectively lighted Eiffel Tower, made to scale, was only part of what wowed the appraisers. Their cinematic effect simulating a burning house using electrical wizardry was truly impressive.
The research and preparation that went into the performance was evident in the seamless integration of authentic looking period props and costumes. We learned a lot about flight from their well researched skit that made a memorable and delightful performance
The appraisal team was dazzled with the complex mechanized solution delivered by this team. From a complex, remote-controlled revolving parts organizer to a product organizer that picked up multiple products, this team’s engineering was truly outstanding. It was clear to the appraisers that the team iteratively refined their solution, employing setup templates and teamwork to leave little room for error.
The team wowed the appraisers with a clearly presented and engaging story line that was well integrated with realistic and attractive scenery. Their performance included a satellite enhanced by a realistic solar system. The concept and execution of the multipurpose revolving backdrop and storage unit were models of simplicity and creative problem solving.
The World Canvas
The audience and appraisers were wowed while being taught about the importance and value of recycling through witty commentary, song, and dance. Scenery and props were all made of diverse recycled material, going as far as reusing cardboard from past DI performances. Their passion and energy for their community shone through their flawless performance and wonderful storyline.
The World Canvas
This memorable performance began with a team created poem from a dog’s point of view. A beautiful and well crafted dog house was rich with metaphor. A food pantry and a realistically tiled roof added to the overall effect. The needs of the dogs were represented on a well-crafted wishing tree which will remain in the Humane Society.
This team left us absolutely paw-struck!
—Spirit of Discovery and ImagiNation (DI)
The World Canvas
This team was DI personified! They took the core skills of DI and reached outside their community to spread the message of self acceptance and confidence. They created a model to teach girls about what they have to offer the world and. Their hard work has shown amazing results. It makes us proud to see this team spread this message in the world. This team screams “I AM DI”