Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Madison Students Go Global in Destination Imagination Competition

Posted by John Peck in General

Madison City Schools was well represented at the Destination Imagination Global Finals event held during Memorial Day break in Knoxville.

Approximately 39 students on teams from Bob Jones High School, Discovery Middle, and Horizon Elementary competed in the world DI tournament, which drew 17,00 students from 19 countries.

The group was led by Bob Jones teacher Robin Dauma, regional DI director. DI teams from Madison City Schools have advanced to Global Finals every year but two in the past 18 years.

Group photo on stairs

Madison City student teams at the DI Global Finals in Knoxville

So what is DI?

It's a project-based learning event that demands creativity and collaboration in various science, technology, engineering, arts and math challenges.
Over the course of the school year, students work together in teams to generate ideas, research different topics and techniques and plan and build a solution to a team challenge that is presented them in competition.

DI fuses creativity with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) in various challenges that make teams think quick on their feet and collaborate creatively.

Wide angle photo of crowd inside arena
DI Global Finals Closing Ceremonies in the UT coliseum arena

In addition to tournament competitions, Global Finals offer participants the opportunity to take part in a variety of events, including workshops, inspirational sessions and imagination labs - activities that help them further foster their creativity and learn new skills.

They also have the opportunity to meet students from different countries and cultures, as well as intereact with innovative companies including NASA, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and Oracle Academy.

Competitions this year included Maze Craze (technical), Unlikely Attraction (scientific), Drop Zone (engineering), Change of Tune (fine arts), Treasure (improvisational), Inside Impact (service learning).

Girls acting on stage
BJHS’s “Intergalactic Goldfish” in Secondary Level Scientific Challenge.
(l-r: Caleb Blackmon, Rebecca Meyer, Ailiyah Coe, Emma Bordelon, Julia Pimmel)

Madison students lining up for opening parade
Welcome Ceremony parade marchers - 1 rep per team - outside arena
(l-r: Ben Crouse, Avery Adams, Mrs. Robin Dauma, Trevor Peck, Jenny Shaver, Emma Bordelon)

Performance on stage
DMS’s “Werther’s Whippersnappers” depicting a Wild West town located in the heel of a cowboy boot in the Middle Level Scientific Challenge. (l-r: Harley Dauma, Anahita Pour-Biazar, Ben Crouse, Rebecca Coffey)

Girls acting on stage set
BJHS’s Secondary Level Service Learning team, “Mood,” present a service project solution to help the Greater Huntsville Humane Society. (l-r: Hadley Rosengrant, Jenny Shaver, Lael Anderson, Emilee Lamps)


Boys in drama acting on stage

“Rock Bottom Carpets” Secondary Improvisational team (BJHS) using their only prop (sheet) as an ancient table  (l-r: Caeden Anderson, Rishish Narahari, Grant Pethel, Cooper Sawyer. Trevor Peck under sheet)

Boys dancing and acting on stage
“Rock Bottom Carpets” (BJHS) demonstrated a cultural treasure (Russian dance) as part of their solution (l-r Jake Munson, Caeden Anderson, Rishish Narahari, Grant Pethel, Cooper Sawyer, Trevor Peck)

Bob Jones team in orange shrts posing on campus
Alabama’s state champion shirts matched all the construction signs on campus

Boys from Horizon Elementary showig off pins
Horizon’ Elementary's “Transfiguring Triceratops Trio” had a blast at their first-ever Global Finals.
(l-r: Hayden Waterbury, Thomas Stephens, Patrick Bruce)

Dragon and fire scene on theater stage
The “Not Applicable” team from DMS performing their solution in the Middle Level
Fine Arts challenge (l-r: Brooke Heath, Avery Adams, Kathleen Stephens, Carter Sewell)

Small group outside theater
Werther's Whippersnappers performing their TaDa after their Instant Challenge

Small group in outdoor theater
Rock Bottom Carpets after their TaDa following their Instant Challenge

Madison students in arena with LED glow lights
Rebecca Meyer, Julia Pimmel, and Ailiyah Coe showing off their “blinkies”
at the Welcome Ceremony

Handful of students on shuttle bus
Werther’s Whippersnappers” riding the shuttle buses which transported
teams around UT and downtown Knoxville all week

kOREAN group performing in engineering challenge
Madison DI participants got to see students from around the world
compete, like this Korean Team in an engineering challenge.

Students visiting market square downtown in Knoxville
Megan Lamps, a member of the BJHS “Complementary Colors” team, celebrated her 18th birthday with ice cream with her team in the Market Square area of downtown Knoxville

Students dressed in duct tape clothing
Madison City students in duct tape clothing for the Global Finals Costume Party. Ashlyn Shipley of the DMS N/A team was especially a hit in her hoop skirt

Students competing on stage in Global Finals
A competing team in a maze challenge

Students competing on stage in Global Finals
A competing team at one of the venues

Students competing on stage in Global Finals event
A competing team at one of the competitions

Students competing on stage in Global Finals event
A team preparing for a weight drop challenge in one of the engineering events

Stuents acting on stage in Global Finals event  in Knoxville.
An out-of-this-world performance by one of the schools



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