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Destination Global Meet for Rush Creek Elementary Destination Imagination Teams

May 09, 2017 11:49AM ● By Doug Erlien

Rush Creek Destination Imagination Teams "D’Ice Cream" and "Manley People" (photos provided by Rush Creek Elementary)

Two Destination Imagination teams from Rush Creek Elementary in Maple Grove have qualified to compete at the Global Finals 2017 in Tennessee later this month. The teams from Rush Creek are the only two elementary schools representing District 279.

“They are phenomenal,” said 
Laura Thompson, Gifted Education Specialist and Adviser of the Rush Creek teams. “Such great kids and so much fun to work with. Their parents have been very supportive as well.”
Team "D'Ice Cream is Yummy"

Destination Imagination, is an organization which helps teach students the creative process through STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The Global Finals meet will bring together more than 8,000 students on 1,400 teams from 15 countries.

Students prepare for a Central Challenge all year and at the competition, they perform the Central Challenge for judges and receive points. There is also an Instant Challenge where the teams need to solve a problem incorporating different aspects they are not prepared for.

“They have certainly improved critical thinking and problem solving skills and have gained much more confidence in performing,” Thompson said. “They have become excellent team members and work very well together.”
Team Manly People

To help offset costs, the teams hosted a lemonade stand near the Weaver Lake Play fields from Saturday, May 13. They have also created a You Caring page where donations can be made. As of Sunday, May 7, over $1,400 of their $6,000 goal has been raised. 

Megan Bearce, parent of fourth grader and team member Katherine, is excited for the opportunity the students are going to have.

"Up until they won state, my involvement in it has been fairly limited. The rules of DI dictate very little parental involvement so that it is truly the kids honing their skills for Katherine's team challenge, which is improv.  All teams also compete in an instant challenge and there again the parents aren't allowed to give input or suggestions so it’s really on the students to practice, practice, practice.  Mrs. Thompson and Ms. Botkin have put a ton of time and effort in helping these kids get this far," Bearce said. "The state meet was my first real glimpse into the world of DI.  As a volunteer that day, I could really appreciate all the hard work the teams put in as well as how much support the parents provide in getting their props to where they need to be. Watching the teams celebrate together and dance at the awards ceremony was really fun, too, and then to see so many teams from District 279 qualify was extra exciting." 

“They are so excited about Globals,” Bearce said. “They have fun, but they take it seriously. Finding the balance I think is a good skill to learn early.”

The Global meet takes place May 23-27 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

“This is a big deal for us,” Thompson said. “We are new to Destination Imagination and never expected to get this far.”

To read more about the Maple Grove Senior High, Osseo Senior High, Maple Grove Middle School, and Brooklyn Middle School teams qualifying for Global Finals, 
click here on the District 279 website. 

More information on the Rush Creek fundraiser:

Rush Creek Elementary DI Team Fundraiser

Come support two Rush Creek Destination Imagination Teams compete at the Global meet in Knoxville, TN! A lemonade stand will be near the Weaver Lake community ball fields (17270 82nd Ave ... Read More » 


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