The Huntingtown Elementary School Destination Imagination Team, known as the Thingamajigs, won second place at the state tournament on Saturday, April 9 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. This score qualified the team to advance to the Destination Imagination Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee in late May.
The team of seven fifth grade students will compete against teams from around the United States and the world at the Global Finals. Under the guidance of team managers Beth Nowak and Lisa Minakowski, team members Ashley Woody, Bella Rosasco, Aidan Kyle, Peter Nowak, Sydney Patin, Ella-Rae Cox and Tori Minakowski comprise the third Huntingtown Elementary team to earn a spot at the global finals.
These students learned 21st century skills by working together as a team through their improvisational challenge, which they started working on in the fall of 2015. They had to:
• Research various confined spaces, what is inside them and how they are built;
• Create and perform a four-minute improvisational presentation within a confined space;
• Show how characters work together to address a news flash; and
• Integrate a mysterious stranger and a team-created miscellaneous prop into the presentation.
Begun in 1982, Destination Imagination is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing opportunities that inspire the global community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st century skills and creativity. The Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning.