We are thrilled to announce that three of our elementary school teams placed first in their challenges at the MD West Central Regional Destination Imagination (DI)Tournament on Saturday, February 27, 2016. All three teams advanced to compete in the MD State Tournament this April.

Initiated in 1982, Destination Imagination is a STEM based non -profit, all volunteer-led competition that stresses student creativity, courage and curiosity in solving academic challenges in a project-based process from imagination to innovation. The challenges are judged by assessors in two parts – an “instant” challenge in which the team is given a problem and materials and are expected to solve that problem on the spot under timed pressure, and the performance challenge, for which the teams, without adult participation, prepare a timed presentation in advance. Participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others, and collaborative problem solving processes (See http://www.marylanddi.org/challenges/), skills that are a focal point of Feynman’s curriculum.

Remarkably, one of our three first place teams also won the coveted and rarely earned DaVinci Award in a unanimous decision by the judges. The DaVinci award “honors those individuals and teams who most clearly demonstrate that spirit of adventurous risk in their solutions.” What is also noteworthy is that the 6 participants making up this team ranging in age from 7 to 9, trumped even the high school competitors.

Way to go Feynman! You are the innovators and leaders of the future!

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