Recently, Sinclair Community College hosted the annual Ohio Destination Imagination tournament for students in Preble and Montgomery Counties. Destination Imagination is a non-profit worldwide program that encourages teams of K-12 students to have fun, take risks, focus, and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts, and service learning. Teams of similar aged participants think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions that satisfy the requirements of various challenges.
Judges for the event are composed of various teachers, college students and professionals in the community, who score teams based on creativity, teamwork and innovation. In their 4th year participating in this event, LJB’s Dan Springer and his wife had the opportunity to judge all grade ranges of students for a challenge called: Twist-O-Rama.
For this task participants had to build a structure made entirely of glue and materials they chose from a list of options. They tested the structure by placing weights on it and subjecting it to torque-inducing impacts. One of the team’s structures held more than 600 pounds of weight.
The teams also had to tell a story about something or someone who causes an unexpected twist or surprising change. Dan said that all of the teams that participated in the event were very creative, not only in how they built their structures, but also the unique stories they told.
Congrats to all the Miami Valley students that participated, and even qualified to compete at the state level later this month.