Minnesota DI Teams Return from Global Finals Competition
Delano Middle Level Team: 1st Place & Renaissance Award
Coon Rapids Secondary Level: 1st Place
The Minnesota Destination Imagination teams have returned from Global Finals and have once again brought home the gold from Knoxville, Tennessee.
According to Pamela Schroeder, Affiliate Director for Minnesota, the 36 teams representing Minnesota did an excellent job in displaying sportsmanship and the competitive spirit while participating in the three-day event.
Some of the top results include:
Coon Rapids - Melonie & the Maniacs - Secondary Level
Delano - Wow! - Middle Level - also awarded the Renaissance Award.
Delano - The Final Moment - Secondary Level
Maple Grove - DI-us eX Machina - Secondary Level
Eleven Minnesota placed teams in the top ten.
THREE of our teams earned a perfect score of 100 on their Instant Challenges
The three-day Globals Competition is a culmination of more than six months of team building and practice. The winning teams from Destination ImagiNation's 2009 Global Finals were announced during the Saturday night closing ceremonies event. The results were broadcast live via www.globalfinals.org from the University of Tennessee.
The students on the elementary, middle and high school teams are among the most creative, innovative problem-solvers in the world. In the spring, the students advanced from regional and statewide tournaments to qualify to compete with 10,000 other students from all 50 states and 8 other countries during DI's Global Finals. The competition offers an emerging view of 21st century education-one that has creativity, teamwork and innovation at its core. More than 250,000 volunteers support the DI program each year.
As part of Destination ImagiNation, students apply the math, science, engineering, art, writing, research, reading, geography and more that they learn in classrooms to solve real problems. Subjects that may have only been experienced through worksheets, lectures and tests come to life during DI Challenges. For more than 25 years, teachers, parents and business leaders around the country have given their time year after year to make the organization work to fill gaps they see in the education system.
Every year, DI creates at least six Challenges to develop and test student skills and talents in many areas, including scientific understanding, theatrical performance, technical prowess, improvisation, and structural engineering. DI teams have spent months perfecting the solution to the one Challenge they selected, and their presentations were bursting with distinctive creativity and innovation.
To read more about this year's DI program, go to www.IDODI.com.
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