23opening_jcm0218-M38 NH student teams from 33 schools are packing their bags this week. Next week they will be competing at  the world’s largest creative thinking and problem solving competition for kids, Destination Imagination Global Finals.

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Team New Hampshire will be joining the record setting 1,419 qualifying teams, featuring participants from 42 states and 14 countries at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

With more than 15,000 teams competing at the regional Destination Imagination Challenge tournaments throughout the year, only the top teams received a coveted spot at Global Finals. During the week-long competition, these teams will present their regional project and compete in open-ended challenges. These challenges require the team to solve a problem using a holistic approach of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) knowledge, improvisation, theater arts, writing, project management, communication innovation, teamwork and community service, in one of seven challenge categories.

“This is a kid-powered, kid-empowering program”, according to NH Destination Imagination Executive Director, Jill Schoonmaker. “These challenges are kids-hands-on and adults-hands-off.”

“Every year I look forward to seeing the top teams enthusiastically use their reasoning, problem solving skills, courage to take a risk, and perseverance to solve their Challenge,” said Chuck Cadle, Chief Executive Officer of Destination Imagination, Inc. “Since the beginning, we’ve been able to give these students a once in a lifetime experience where they learn 21st century skills that will be used throughout their life.”

“Destination Imagination’s Global Finals event is a fantastic exhibition of the 4Cs of Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Critical Thinking in action. We are proud to count DI among members of P21, and celebrate their efforts to bring the power of creativity to students around the globe,” said Dr. Steve Paine, President of Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21).

Opening Ceremony will be webcast live at 7:30 Wednesday evening, May 22nd. More information is available at NH-DI.org and GlobalFinals.org.

There were over 300 teams from around the state who competed to attend Global Finals. The teams from the following communities will be representing New Hampshire:

OrganizationTownLevelChallengeChal TypeDI No
Academy for Science and DesignMerrimackMiddle LevelChange in RealiteeImprovisational130-68941
Auburn Village SchoolAuburnElem LevelIn the ZoneTechnical130-96073
Bedford DIBedfordSec LevelIn the ZoneTechnical130-28871
Bedford High SchoolBedfordSec LevelIn DisguiseFine Arts130-24835
Sunapee Central Elementary SchoolSunapeeElem LevelReal to ReelService Learning130-24626
Berlin SchoolsBerlinSec LevelWind VisibleScience130-15040
Bow Elementary SchoolBowElem LevelIn the ZoneTechnical130-77228
Bow SchoolsBowMiddle LevelWind VisibleScience130-26959
Conant High SchoolRindgeSec LevelWind VisibleScience130-78989
Danville ElementaryDanvilleElem LevelChange in RealiteeImprovisational130-45535
Dover Middle SchoolDoverMiddle LevelIn DisguiseFine Arts130-29175
Garrison Elementary SchoolDoverElem LevelReal to ReelService Learning130-04326
Hampstead AcademyHampsteadMiddle LevelChange in RealiteeImprovisational130-27692
Conant High SchoolRindgeSec LevelIn DisguiseFine Arts130-90280
Hollis DIHollisMiddle LevelIn the ZoneTechnical130-47737
Hollis DIHollisElem LevelTwist-o-RamaStructural130-93953
Lebanon High SchoolGranthamSec LevelChange in RealiteeImprovisational130-38433
Lincoln Akerman SchoolHampton FallsElem LevelWind VisibleScience130-09381
Londonderry High SchoolLondonderrySec LevelChange in RealiteeImprovisational130-08801
Londonderry DILondonderryElem LevelIn DisguiseFine Arts130-34357
Londonderry Middle SchoolLondonderryMiddle LevelTwist-o-RamaStructural130-52553
Milford Elementary DIMilfordElem LevelTwist-o-RamaStructural130-22440
Milford High SchoolMilfordSec LevelTwist-o-RamaStructural130-38995
Milford Middle SchoolMilfordMiddle LevelTwist-o-RamaStructural130-06307
Milford Middle SchoolMilfordMiddle LevelWind VisibleScience130-56666
Monadnock Middle SchoolSwanzeyMiddle LevelReal to ReelService Learning130-95354
Nashua High School SouthNashuaSec LevelIn the ZoneTechnical130-60798
Nashua SD: Birch HillNashuaElem LevelChange in RealiteeImprovisational130-96604
Pinkerton AcademyDerrySec LevelIn the ZoneTechnical130-29525
Rindge Memorial SchoolRindgeElem LevelIn DisguiseFine Arts130-69582
Rundlett Middle SchoolConcordMiddle LevelReal to ReelService Learning130-58111
Schools of Greater NashuaNashuaMiddle LevelIn DisguiseFine Arts130-21534
Seg NetEnfieldSec LevelTwist-o-RamaStructural130-81800
Strafford SchoolStraffordElem LevelIn DisguiseFine Arts130-39007
Thornton Central SchoolThorntonElem LevelWind VisibleScience130-13137
Windham DIWindhamElem LevelIn the ZoneTechnical130-24717
Windham DIWindhamMiddle LevelIn the ZoneTechnical130-94012
Windham DIWindhamMiddle LevelReal to ReelService Learning130-89731