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Destination Imagination Fosters Creativity, Innovation

More than 50 teams of students, grades 3 and up, from nine schools in Door, Kewaunee, Brown and Manitowoc Counties competed in the Destination Imagination (DI) Bay Lake Regional Saturday at Sturgeon Bay High School.

Regional Director Dave Valentine says DI encourages teams of students to solve challenges issued by DI Challenge Masters creatively, with little guidance from their team manager.

DI Coordinator for Sturgeon Bay Schools Jim Tellstrom explains how the two-part regional competition works.

The teams have been working on their performance challenges throughout the school year. The challenges they chose from include Science, Technical, Fine Arts, Improvisational and Structural. There is also a K-2nd grade challenge and a Service Learning Challenge.

Fourth and fifth grade students from Sevastopol chose the Structural Challenge. They built a structure using glue and materials from a list provided by DI that could hold weight while being subjected to torque-inducing impacts, then created a prop made of the materials they used.

The Sevastopol Elementary Level Destination Imagination team built a conveyor belt for their performance challenge.  Front, left to right: Cloe Raynier and Sophia Launtenbach. Back, left to right: Coach Amy Cater, Emma Seiler, Natalie LeClaire, Kelly Cater, Riel Phillips and Mikkel Phillips. The team was one of 56 paritcipating in the Bay Lake Regional Destination Imagination Competition in Sturgeon Bay Saturday.


Kelly Cater likes working in a team, and her teammate Cloe Raynier says the problems are fun to solve.

Valentine says the idea behind DI is to teach kids the skills they’ll need to succeed, like learning how to question themselves, brainstorming, teamwork, critical thinking and public speaking.


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