NHICC_NH-DI_WEBLOGONew Hampshire Destination Imagination PRESS RELEASE

This advisory is intended for credentialed media

For immediate release: March 14, 2013
For more information contact: Wayne Kurtzman, NH-DI Media Relations,  wayne.kurtzman@nh-di.org
Michael Russell, Michael.russell@nh-di.org


2,000 Students to Compete Blending Creativity, STEM and the Arts

First Week of NH Destination Imagination Regional Tournaments this Saturday in Nashua and Littleton

Imagine a competition where small student teams have to blend school subjects with massive creativity without any help – and are judged on the outcome. Welcome to Destination Imagination whose tournaments featuring some 2,000 Granite State students begin on Saturday in Nashua and Littleton. This is the first of two weeks that will see student teams compete in hopes of advancing to the State Finals and ultimately, Global Finals competition.


Team members from kindergarten to high school will compete in open-ended, complex challenges that incorporate science, technology, engineering, math, the arts or service-learning with the team’s ability to deliver creative solutions.  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. The teams have been working since the fall to craft their solutions.


This Saturday, the first 900 students will participate in the regional competitions at Nashua High School North and Littleton High School. Teams that advance in their Challenge and grade level will compete at Destination ImagiNation State Finals in Salem next month. The top-scoring teams will then represent New Hampshire against teams from around the world at Global Finals.


This year, over 150,000 students from 48 states and 30 countries will participate in the non-profit Destination Imagination educational programs.


The non-profit New Hampshire Destination Imagination this year marks their 32nd of bringing creativity programs to Granite State schools and community organizations.


Where: Nashua High School North (tournament web site with schedule)
Littleton High School (tournament web site with schedule)


WHEN: Parade of Teams at 8AM; Competition starts at 9 AM. Best photo op time 9AM – 11:30; 1 – 3 PM. Awards ~6 PM. Please check the schedules for specific teams (tournament links above).


WHO: (A full list of teams is at the end of this release)


WHY: To demonstrate their solutions to complex challenges in hopes of advancing to the State tournament, and ultimately Destination Imagination Global Finals to compete with teams from around the world.


For more information, visit their web site at http://www.NH-DI.org.


** EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: Regional competitions continue on March 23rd in E. Swanzey (Monadnock RHS) and Kingston (Sanborn RHS). Information will be sent on those competitions next week. The NH-DI State Finals is Saturday, April 6 at Salem High School


Nashua Teams (80 total teams; ~560 students)

[School followed by number of teams]


Academy for Science and Design     5

Bedford DI             1

Bedford High School           1

Bedford School District       3

Belmont Middle School      2

Bow Elementary school      5

Bow Schools          4

Fred C. Underhill School     2

Hollis DI  1

James Mastricola Elementary School               3

Jewett Street School           1

Maple Avenue Elementary School   5

Merrimack DI        1

Milford High School             1

Mountain View, Goffstown 3

Nashua Area         1

Nashua Catholic Regional Junior       1

Nashua High School South  1

Nashua SD: Bicentennial     8

Nashua SD: Birch Hill           1

Nashua SD: Fairgrounds Elem            1

Nashua SD: Ledge St School               1

Nashua SD: Main Dunstable               4

Nashua SD: Nashua HS North             2

Nashua SD: Pennichuck MS               1

Nashua SD: Sunset Heights 4

Peter Woodbury Elementary            3

Peter Woodbury School     5

Riddle Brook School            4

Sandown Central School     1

Schools of Greater Nashua 1

Windham DI          2

WLC-DI   1


Littleton Competition: 50 teams ~400 students

[School followed by number of teams]


Alton Central School           4

Berlin Schools                                               4

Bethlehem Elementary School          2

Bow Extracurricular Enrichment P    1

Grantham Village School     6

GRS School District              3

Holderness Central School 1

Inter-Lakes            4

Kearsarge Regional Middle School   2

Lebanon High School          2

Lebanon Middle School      1

Lin-Wood School 2

Merrimack Valley High School DI      1

Mildred C. Lakeway Elementary        1

NASD Project PROMISE NMMS          1

NHCS Project PROMISE       1

Piermont Village School      1

Pleasant Street School        3

Profile High School              1

Strafford School   6

Thornton Central School    1

Warren Village School        1

WMRHS DI Team  1


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