Portsmouth, NH–April 7, 2016–After achieving honors for creativity, teamwork and innovation in regional and state academic tournaments, New Heights’ Savage Cabbages team has earned the right to compete in Destination Imagination’s Global Finals, the world’s largest celebration of student creativity, to be held May 25-28 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
They will compete with other teams in the Get a Clue challenge, one of seven, open-ended challenges that require students to apply science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills in addition to their talents in improvisation, theater arts, writing, project management, communication, innovation, teamwork, community service and social entrepreneurship.
“I’m just so proud of what the kids accomplished,” said New Heights’ Wayne Moulton, who managed the team. “They worked hard and it paid off.”
Team members are equally excited about the opportunity to compete in the Global Finals
“We are insanely excited,” said 9th Grader Maya Campbell. “The challenge has been really fun this year and I can’t wait to see how much further we can take it.”
9th Grader Elisa Dhanger is equally excited, as she added, “For us to have been picked as the wild card is amazing and I have no doubts that this will be one of the best experiences ever and something I won’t forget or stop taking about.”
This year, 150,000 students have participated in Destination Imagination tournaments throughout the U.S. and 30 countries in hopes of earning a spot at the Global Finals competition in May.
The Savage Cabbages team is among more than 8,000 students representing more than 1,400 teams that will advance to Global Finals, which will be held at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville May 25-28.
“The Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity,” said Chuck Cadle, CEO of Destination Imagination. “Quantitative reasoning, collaborative problem solving, risk taking, collaboration, presentations and thinking on your feet are some of the important skills learned in the program.”
Destination Imagination is a leader in project-based learning opportunities that blend STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with the arts and social entrepreneurship. Its academic challenges are designed to teach kids how to think, not what to think, and then present their solutions at regional and state tournaments.
Each year, DI competitions begin with a regional tournament where team solutions are assessed by a panel of trained appraisers, ranging from educators to artists to engineers. Each team solution is scored on a variety of elements, including originality, workmanship, presentation and teamwork. Teams with the highest scores advance to the Affiliate (state or country) tournaments. The top-tiered teams from the Affiliate tournaments advance to Global Finals.
Destination Imagination, Inc. dedicates itself to enriching the global community by providing opportunities for learners of all ages to explore and discover using the creative process from imagination to innovation.
For more information about Global Finals, visit http://globalfinals.org/. To learn more about New Heights, visit www.newheightsonline.org.
About Destination Imagination
Destination Imagination, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-led non-profit organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. The most popular education offering is the Challenge Program, where student teams solve open-ended STEM, arts and service learning Challenges and present their solutions to trained Appraisers. Founded in 1982, Destination Imagination has impacted more than 1.5 million students. To learn more, please visit http://destinationimagination.org.