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Friday, April 18, 2008


More on the teams competing in the Destination Imagination Tournament

On Saturday, March 29, Carlisle teams competed in the Regional Destination Imagination Tournament held at Ayer High School. Destination Imagination (DI) is an international program that promotes creative problem-solving within a team setting. Over the course of several months, a DI team works on both a long-term challenge and team improvisational skills. The long-term challenge has specific components that must be incorporated into a short performance. The team then presents their performance at a regional tournament. Destination Imagination allows kids to have fun while solving a problem and working with a team of similarly-aged children.

This year’s elementary team competed in the “Obstacles, Of Course” problem category. Their problem was to design and construct an Obstacle Course and a Vehicle that would travel the course. They needed to create an original, non-verbal story about overcoming obstacles. The elementary team – Jared Scheinberg (third grade); Joshua Szczesniak (third grade); Brian Szczesniak (third grade); Abby Scheinberg (first grade); and Heather Szczesniak (kindergarten) – altered the wheels on a remote control vehicle and presented a story with obstacles being jungle animals and their homes. They made a great showing and did a particularly impressive job in the improvisational portion of the tournament.

This year’s middle school team, competing in the “Hit or Myth” problem category, was reported on in the April 4 Mosquito. They took fourth place of out of eight teams at the tournament.

Concord-Carlisle High School also fielded a team that competed and landed third place in the “Chorific” problem category. Their problem was to create a short improvisational skit about an ordinary, randomly selected chore during which they needed to attempt to overcome two randomly selected obstacles and integrate a Famous Person, randomly selected from a list of people the team had previously researched.

Congratulations to all and warm thanks to all the folks who made this opportunity possible for the kids. Of special note are George Bishop, Walter Hickman and Alex Brewster who volunteered as our appraisers this year.

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