Competition culls creativity from mind-bending challenges
ENGLEWOOD – Seventy-five teams from schools in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) competed against their peers at the South Metro Regional Destination Imagination Tournament on March 14 at Englewood High School. The teams are sponsored by DCSD's Gifted Education department.
Students in kindergarten through 12th grade from DCSD, Elbert School District, Englewood Schools, Littleton Public Schools, Park County School District, and private schools in the region gathered to demonstrate creative solutions to a variety of challenges. Criteria for the challenges fell into one of seven categories: Early Learning, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Scientific, Service Learning, Structural and Technical.
Twenty-seven teams from DCSD (shown below) will be among the top finishers from the event who will face winning teams from other regions on April 25 at the Colorado State Destination Imagination Tournament in Denver. In addition to top placements, several teams won special Renaissance or Da Vinci awards for their creativity.
Destination ImagiNation is an unconventional team learning experience where student teams all over the world solve mind-bending Challenges. Teams are tested to think on their feet, work together as a team, learn critical thinking skills, and devise original solutions that satisfy the requirements of their Challenge.
|School||Team Name||Place||Creativity Award||Level||Challenge|
|Chaparral High School||The Double Bacon Burger Mafia||1st||*||Secondary||Fine Arts Challenge, Feary Tales|
|Cougar Run Elementary||Team S.M.A.R.T.(Super Marvelous Awesome Robotics Team)||1st||Elementary||Technical Challenge, Creature Feature|
|Heritage Elementary||Toxic Fuzzy Mustaches||1st||Elementary||Improvisational Challenge, The Improv Games|
|Mountain Ridge Middle School||There's a goat in my neighbor's backyard||1st||Middle||Structural Challenge, Lose to Win|
|Rocky Heights Middle School/ Rock Canyon High School||#hashbrowns playing tag||1st||Secondary||Improvisational Challenge, The Improv Games|
|Roxborough Intermediate||Kids Across Colorado||1st||Middle||Service Learning Challenge, Brand Aid|
|Sagewood Middle School||The Weird Sisters and One Groovy Dude||1st||*||Middle||Scientific Challenge, Making Waves|
|Stone Mountain Elementary||Catching Creativity||1st||Middle||Improvisational Challenge, The Improv Games|
|Stone Mountain Elementary||The Crazy Monkey-Eating Bananas||1st||Elementary||Structural Challenge, Lose to Win|
|Buffalo Ridge/Timber Trail Elementary||The Firebreathing Rubber Duckies||2nd||Elementary||Improvisational Challenge, The Improv Games|
|Heritage Elementary||Diggity Dogs||2nd||*||Middle||Service Learning Challenge, Brand Aid|
|Mountain Ridge MS/Mountain Vista HS/Highlands Ranch HS||One Dancing Pickle & Three Unimpressed Cucumbers||2nd||Secondary||Improvisational Challenge, The Improv Games|
|Northridge Elementary||go BIG||2nd||Elementary||Technical Challenge, Creature Feature|
|Rocky Heights Middle School||Crazative, royal, Kool with a capital K, tappers||2nd||*||Middle||Fine Arts Challenge, Feary Tales|
|Sagewood Middle School||The Dumpster Divas||2nd||Middle||Technical Challenge, Creature Feature|
|Stone Mountain Elementary||Sonic Space Bacon||2nd||Elementary||Scientific Challenge, Making Waves|
|Stone Mountain Elementary||Seven CLEBBEN||2nd||*||Elementary||Fine Arts Challenge, Feary Tales|
|Ben Franklin||Fudger Nutter Coconutters||3rd||Elementary||Service Learning Challenge, Brand Aid|
|Ben Franklin Academy||The Redhead, Blonde, Brunette and Sasha||3rd||Middle||Improvisational Challenge, The Improv Games|
|Franktown Elementary School||The Magiforest Magicians||3rd||Elementary||Fine Arts Challenge, Feary Tales|
|Heritage Elementary||G.O.A.T.S. Great Outstanding Amazing Team Skills||3rd||Elementary||Structural Challenge, Lose to Win|
|Mammoth Heights Elementary||Team Mammoth||3rd||Middle||Structural Challenge, Lose to Win|
|Northridge Elementary School||Yaaaaaaaaw!||3rd||Middle||Fine Arts Challenge, Feary Tales|
|Sand Creek Elementary||Green Eggs without the Ham||3rd||Middle||Service Learning Challenge, Brand Aid|
|Stone Mountain Elementary||Zero Gravity||4th||Elementary||Technical Challenge, Creature Feature|
|Pine Grove Elementary||7 Flying Popurritos||5th||*||Elementary||Fine Arts Challenge, Feary Tales|
|**Timber Trail Elementary||Why Not Us?||5th||Elementary||Technical Challenge, Creature Feature|
|**Ben Franklin Academy||Gold Fluffy Mocking Jays||6th||Elementary||Technical Challenge, Creature Feature|
**The team from Ben Franklin Academy will be attending the State tournament, in place of the Timber Trail Elementary team, due to a scheduling conflict.