This school year seven students in sixth through eighth grade at Edison Academy took on a challenge to participate in an international program called Destination Imagination (DI). Destination Imagination engages students in a competition where they are asked to work in teams to tackle complex challenges that are open ended and real world. Our students, coached by Lynda Vo, a fifth grade teacher at Edison, have made a difference in the Edison community through their work in the program this year. The DI team competed in a service learning challenge that required them to carry out a project that addressed a community need. They needed to develop a presentation of a fable that included layers of creative components and simultaneously integrated the team’s own strengths and interests. In the process, they revamped Edison’s walk and talk for primary students and improved upon opportunities for younger students to engage in high interest physical activities each week.
Edison’s DI team competed in a regional competition on March 4th and advanced to the state finals in McClellan Park, CA. There, the team competed against other schools across the state and were recognized by receiving a prestigious DaVinci Award. This award honors only a select few of the most creative teams in the competition and made the team eligible to compete at the global DI event. At the global event, teams compete against the most creative minds on an international level. Mrs. Vo, Edison’s DI coach stated, “Destination Imagination is all about the process of learning how to best use your time and resources together as a team to think outside of the box and to create new and unique solutions to open ended challenges. This team of seven certainly did just that!” We are incredibly proud of the work this team has done this year both with their coach and through the ongoing support of their parents. We look forward to seeing what the global competition has in store for this dynamic team. The competition is scheduled to take place at the end of May at the University of Tennessee. These students are sure to continue to solve complex problems and become future leaders. Go Bobcats!