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Maharishi School teams express creativity at Destination Imagination

Mar 20, 2014
PHOTO SUBMITTED Members of the Maharishi School fifth- and sixth-grade girls’ Destination Imagination team, which is named Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe, are, from left: Lucianna Miller, Chase Winer, Jada Sparks, Jaiden Jarmosco and Emily Winn Bousquet.

Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment students received top scores for their creative solutions to unusual challenges at the Destination Imagination sub-state competition March 8 in Ames.

The teams placed first in every category they entered, garnering seven first-place finishes and two second-place finishes.

“Our teams did really well at sub-state, both in their long term and instant challenge,” program director, Mark Wilkins said. “It was a great day. All the teams have solved their challenge, and now it’s time to get ready for the state competition.”

The state competition is March 29 in Ames.

The Iowa chapter of DI is celebrating its 25th year by hosting a celebration at the closing ceremonies. The ceremonies are open to the public.

Teams earning first place at the state competition will continue on to the international competition May 21-24 in Knoxville, Tenn., a gathering of more than 16,000 of the world’s most creative students.

 

Iowa students reap rewards

Twenty-five years ago, a small group of Iowa adults asked: “What if,” and the result today is Students for a Creative Iowa, a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging creativity, teamwork and problem-solving among Iowa’s youth.

The organization, also known as cre8iowa, provides a safe environment for students to learn, grow, take measured risks and be successful by participating in the DI program.

At the sub-state tournament on March 9, students from across the state demonstrated innovative solutions to scientific, technical, structural, fine arts, improvisational and service learning challenges. What makes the program stand out from other student programs is the fact that teams must rely upon themselves to solve challenges, without adult assistance. At the same time, they have fun.

“Our goal is for every Iowa student to participate in a creative problem solving and teamwork building program,” said affiliate director Alisha Day, an alum of the program.

Students for a Creative Iowa is one of 48 U.S. and more than 30 international affiliates participating in the DI program. The volunteer organization supports teams in their journey to learn about creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills. This year alone, more than 400 Iowa students will learn about and apply science, technology, engineering, math and performance principles.

During the course of 25 years, thousands of Iowa students have benefited from the program.

For more information about how Iowa students can participate in creative problem-solving programs, visit Students for a Creative Iowa at www.cre8iowa.org or email cre8iowa@gmail.com.

To learn about DI, vist www.destinationimagination.org.

 

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