NH Student Teams Advance to Global Academic Competition
Contact: Wayne Kurtzman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Media Note: Videos of performance can be found by Challenge and age level can be found at: https://dinortheast.org/2020-21-challenges/. Teams not wishing to publicly post are not listed.
- The video of the Closing Celebration (Awards Ceremony) is posted: https://youtu.be/9cKMAKL6hKk
- The results are in this release, and can be found on the NH-DI site.
Creativity, collaboration and problem solving are at a premium this year – and part of the future of work. Fortunately, there is an academic program that builds and rewards those skills and blends them with Challenges based in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). This year, New Hampshire Destination Imagination teams solved their annual team challenges remotely. Teams advancing to compete with teams from around the world at the Destination Imagination Global Finals virtual competition were announced on Sunday in a remote webcast.
The additional challenges of the pandemic made creating and solving complex solutions even more challenging for teams this year, testing their creativity, tenacity and flexibility. It also enabled the use of other, innovative ways of solving the challenges that were not available when competing in a school environment.
This year, the independent non-profit affiliates in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania collaborated to create a multistate infrastructure to run the event, from sharing information to connecting remote volunteer Appraisers who adjudicated the teams solutions. The platform also featured the closing ceremony event, where the scoring results were shared with the teams across the regions.
Closing Ceremonies also featured a segment on Destination Imagination Alumni: The 1.8-million adults who were on teams as students, and work everywhere, from NASA and the State Department to technology, the arts, schools and beyond.
Destination Imagination Global Finals, in normal years, attracts over 1,000 Destination Imagination teams from over 17 countries to meet and compete. This year, although the event will be remote, it will still provide unique educational experiences that are uniquely “D.I.”. Global Finals will be held in June, with special events and awards in July.
Teams shown below in bold type have qualified for Destination Imagination Global Finals 2021. The first, second, and third place teams are indicated below, with any remaining teams listed in alphabetical order.
Technical: The Next Level
The Next Level, Elementary Level
|1G||Mustang Bandits, Abbot Downing School||Concord||130-63895|
|2||The Magical Pizzas, Hooksett Memorial School||Hooksett||130-91740|
|3||The Lil Gucci Gamer Warthogs, Bedford DI||Bedford||130-86264|
|Code Orange and Blue, Jaffrey Grade School||Jaffrey||130-76522|
|Rapida Great White Sharks, Bedford DI||Bedford||130-25826|
The Next Level, Middle Level
|1G||365 Days of Cool, Grantham||Grantham||130-30418|
|2G||The Pixel Chickens, St. Joseph Regional School||Keene||130-40352|
|3||Thornton Central School||Plymouth||130-53058|
|Merrimack Valley School District||Penacook||130-53848|
|Ruined Onion Rings, Jaffrey Rindge Middle School||Jaffrey||130-98961|
|Sniffing Birds, Bedford DI||Bedford||130-39200|
Scientific: In Theory
In Theory, Elementary Level
|1G||Dream Team, Bedford DI||Bedford||130-41397|
In Theory, Middle Level
|1G||The Awesomely Original Team Name, Windham Middle School||Windham, NH||130-05810|
In Theory, Secondary Level
|1G||Private Eyes of DI, Hollis Brookline HS||Hollis, NH||130-63245|
|2G||∞, Goffstown High School||Goffstown||130-69486|
|3||Essential Lurkers, Milford NH||Milford||130-01167|
|Bad Hair Day, Berlin Schools||Berlin||130-03175|
|Just A Theory, Bow High School||Bow High School||130-30330|
|The Space Sheep, Keene High School||Keene||130-95039|
Fine Arts: Epic Remix
Epic Remix, Elementary Level
Epic Remix, Middle Level
|1G||Choc, Chip, & Cookie, Bow Memorial School||Bow||130-38307|
|2T||Socially DI-stant Quaranteam, Bedford DI||Bedford||130-12670|
|2T||Little Beez, Bedford DI||Bedford, NH||130-82387|
|3||Two Royal Cats, Windham Center School||Windham||130-14557|
|Thornton Central School||Plymouth||130-45548|
Epic Remix, Secondary Level
|2G||Motley-minded Dewberries, Conant High School||Jaffrey||130-21211|
|3||Griffin’s Grinches, Berlin Schools||Berlin||130-61129|
Improvisational: Case Closed
Case Closed, Elementary Level
|1G||VIBE Team, Golden Brook School||Windham||130-11575|
|2||The Detective Christmas Hawks, St. Joseph Regional School||Keene||130-65104|
Case Closed, Middle Level
|1G||Feeble People of Cold Cut Kingdo, Windham Middle School||Windham NH||130-13078|
Case Closed, Secondary Level
|1G||Sit Down Comedians, Bedford DI||Bedford||130-59638|
|2G||What’s the Deal with Teal SEALS?, Nashua School District||Nashua||130-96523|
|3||MindBlowers, Bedford DI||Bedford||130-90197|
Engineering: Built To Last
Built To Last, Elementary Level
Built To Last, Middle Level
|1G||Twisted Wizards, Milford NH DI||Milford||130-01013|
|2||The Floaters, Bow Memorial School||Bow||130-57088|
|3||Auburn Village School||Auburn||130-03879|
Built To Last, Secondary Level
|1G||Monadnock Regional High School||Swanzey||130-38499|
Service Learning: Project Podcast
Project Podcast, Secondary Level
|1G||Sunapee Middle High School||Sunapee||130-56702|
There was one special award at the NH-DI 2021 Affiliate Tournament.
Fine Arts, Secondary Level – Renaissance Award
The Renaissance Award recognizes those who demonstrate extraordinary amounts of effort and preparation in their solutions or outstanding skill in engineering, design or performance.
Team 130-75297: Procrastimasters, Sunapee, NH
This dynamic duo brought their chosen novel to life with exquisite craftsmanship. Sybil’s hand- sewn corset and gown was a cut above with beautifully seamed boning. Created without a pattern, this classical dress, looked store (or prom!) ready. The 3-D life-sized portrait took perspective to the next level with a series of visual tricks to layer objects into the Picture of Dorian Gray. Our appraising team was blown away by the detail and execution shown by this team.
About NHICC and New Hampshire Destination Imagination
New Hampshire Innovation and Creativity Connection (NHICC) is the 501(c)3 non-profit that administers the New Hampshire Destination Imagination (NH-DI) program, during normal years, for over 1,000 Granite State students from over 100 schools and community groups. Destination Imagination builds creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills around STEAM based Challenges.
Teams start in the fall, compete in April to try and advance to Destination Imagination Global Finals, which will be remote in the summer months. Under normal circumstances, each year, over 1,000 people volunteer to help us run DI in New Hampshire. Many of these volunteers are among our 120,000 New Hampshire alumni – those who have been on teams when they were in school.
NHICC also runs one of the oldest STEAM summer camps in the nation, Camp Gottalikachallenge (campgottalikachallenge.org).
Globally, Destination Imagination has 1.8-million alumni, 150,000 annual participants in 48 states and 30 countries.