Main Street School hosted more than 290 students, who participated in non-competitive events to solve multiple problems in a tournament-like environment during the Destination Imagination Instant Challenge Fiesta on Jan. 6.
The event brought together 42 Destination Imagination teams – ranging from elementary to high school levels – from area school districts. Each team received honest, constructive feedback from experienced appraisers about what is working well and what areas require improvement for the team to excel at a tournament.
“The Destination Imagination program encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus and frame challenges while incorporating STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics], the arts and service learning,” said Nancy Woeckener, the Destination Imagination coordinator. “Participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem-solving process.”
The mission of Destination Imagination is to develop opportunities that inspire students to use diverse approaches in applying 21st-century skills and creativity. The District’s 12 teams are comprised of students in fourth through seventh grades. Teams meet weekly and collaborate on solving challenges in preparation for a regional tournament, which will take place in March.
“There are seven new Destination Imagination challenges to choose from each year,” Woeckener said. “The areas of focus include technical, scientific, fine arts, improvisational, structural and service learning.”
Special thanks to Main Street School’s custodians, Angel Aviles and Louie Ferrero, for clearing the snow from the school’s parking lot and assisting Woeckener and Principal Joyce Chapnick with setting up for the event.