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Destination: Imagination
Destination: Imagination
Posted on 03/22/2018
A Fairview Elementary School team poses at the North Carolina Destination Imagination tournament.The A.C. Reynolds High School team performs on stage

A Fairview Elementary School team poses at the North Carolina Destination Imagination tournament.By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Congratulations to the nine BCS teams that qualified for the Destination Imagination (DI) Global Finals this year!

Teams from A.C. Reynolds High School, Cane Creek Middle School, Fairview Elementary School, and Haw Creek Elementary School won first-place awards at the North Carolina Destination Imagination tournament last weekend. They will head to Knoxville, Tennessee on May 23 to compete with more than 17,000 students from all around the world in the project-based, STEM-centered Global Finals showcase.

DI teams pick a challenge, work together to research the relevant issues, and develop ideas to build a solution, according to The teams present their solutions at local tournaments, and top-scoring teams from around the world have the opportunity to showcase their projects at the Global Finals.

"The kids on this team worked so hard when many of their friends were out playing,” said Haw Creek School Counselor Claire Shippey, whose team won a first place award. “They persisted through failed attempts and took constructive criticism of their ideas to improve them. But most of all they never gave up. This team is an amazing example of growth mindset in action. I am so proud of these kids and look forward to taking this team to Global Finals!”

Cane Creek Middle School sent four teams to the N.C. tournament, and all four won first place.

“It’s great news for our kids,” said Principal Karen Barnhill. “Our students are so impressive, and we’re proud of them.”

Fairview Elementary School came home with three first-place awards.

“I’ve learned how to work with a team and how to encourage others,” said fifth-grader Thomas Klepper. His team, “Pets for Vets,” created a performance that brings awareness to veterans and their struggles with PTSD.

“This year in Destination Imagination, my 8-year-old twins learned about 11 different scientific concepts including aerodynamics, angular momentum, magnetism, and Newton’s laws of motion,” said Fairview team manager Mory Lavoie. “Most importantly, they learned how to identify their strengths and weaknesses and those of others. They were able to test their theories across a broad spectrum of learning, and that is a rare opportunity so young in life.”

A.C. Reynolds High School’s “Rocket Science” fine arts team received very high scores and a special award for creativity at the event. Pisgah Elementary School sent a team of second-grade “rising stars,” who participated but were not judged.

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