On March 24, the Oak Hills Local Schools competed in the regional Destination Imagination tournament. Created from the non-profit organization Destination Imagination Inc., the competition is comprised of small Instant challenges that test the students’ ability in problem solving, creativity, teamwork, and time-management. This year the school district had a great turnout of students excited to take part in the tournament.
The Oak Hills students’ hard work and dedication resulted in a number of awards. The T.A.A.A.K. team from Delhi Middle School came in first place in the engineering challenge where they had to design and build a machine that could carry an object from point A to point B. The Four Lil’ Rockers team from C.O. Harrison won second place out of 16 teams in the Fine Arts challenge where they created a unique movie trailer with special effects and a soundtrack. The Bridgetown Middle School team Awesoemnators won the RENAISSANCE award for their creation of a windmill in their challenge. The Rapid Run Middle School team TiTiMiCon came in third place in their engineering challenge. Toy Yoda from C.O. Harrison placed third in the Project Outreach challenge.
“D.I. is a very fun way to learn. It includes improv and imagination,” said Alexis Hetzel, fourth grade participant.
From the competition two of the Oak Hills teams made it to the state competition that took place on April 21 in Mt. Vernon, OH.
Jill Eichhorn’s team from C.O. Harrison Elementary did an amazing job at the OH State DI Tournament! The “The 4 Lil’ Rockers” from C.O. Harrison Elementary placed 5th overall out of more than 20
teams An outstanding job was done by all four girls.
The Flanigan team, a collection of students from the following: Delhi Middle School, C.O. Harrison Elementary and Rapid Run Middle School did an amazing job designing their equipment which was given
the second highest score.
Although not every team placed in the tournament, every team displayed strong qualities of teamwork and creativity while competing. Participating in the tournament is a great way for students to get a new
and unique perspective toward learning. Team leader Jill Eichhorn explains, “I love that more people are getting involved and I hope it continues, especially as the kids get older. This is a great thing to include on college applications!”
For more information on Destination Imagination visit: http://www.idodi.org