Destination Imagination is a program that encourages students to have fun, take risks, focus and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts, and service learning. Participants build on their strengths while learning patience, flexibility, persistence, respect for others and their ideas, as well as the collaborative problem solving process. Teams (of up to 7 students) showcase their solutions at district, state, and national tournaments.
Willow Creek has participated in Destination ImagiNation for many years and has an excellent record of success.
For more information on the program, go to www.destinationimagination.org
With 11 teams and over 70 students participating this year, Willow Creek was well represented at the Cherry Creek Destination Imagination tournament on March 8, 2014. Willow Creek teams worked for months to prepare and to create innovative solutions to their challenges at the tournament. Willow Creek had a very successful day, and all of the teams should be very proud!
Special recognition went to the 5th grade Willow Creek Thinkers (coached by Rob Brown) and the 4th grade Robot Turtles (coached by Stephanie Niehoff) as they qualified for the state tournament in April 2014. The Willow Creek Thinkers also won the Da Vinci award for their original use of technology. The Engineers of Chaos (coached by Dale Chavez) won the Renaissance Award for their creative solution to their instant challenge. Finally, the 3rd grade team, The Willow Creek Creators (coached by Jonathan Radin) won the DI Spirit Award for their thoughtful solution to their main challenge.
At the State Tournament in April, both Willow Creek teams competed successfully! The 4th Grade Robot Turtles placed 1st in the state and qualified for the Global Tournament in Knoxville, TN. They travelled to the University of Tennessee in May 2014 representing Willow Creek at the international competition. They placed a respectable 34th out of 91 teams from around the world competing in the IMPROV challenge "Pandemonium". More importantly, these 4th graders and their parents had an amazing experience that they will always remember.
Sunday, March 10th, the Cherry Creek School District held its Destination
Imagination tournament at Eaglecrest High School. Willow Creek Elementary
School continued its tradition of success at the tournament. With nearly 60
students participating on 9 different teams, Willow Creek’s representation at
the tournament far exceeded many other schools.
teams took top honors in their respective challenges and those same two teams
won a special award from appraisers. Other teams also placed well in their categories.
ALL teams represented our school with excellent performances that showed hard
work, creativity, imagination, and teamwork!
the “Twist-o-Rama” challenge, the fifth grade team called The Athletic Nerds
earned second place overall and qualified for the state tournament. They also
won the Spirit of DI award for teamwork during their Instant Challenge. This
team consists of Isabella Chavez, Martha Gray, Ella Kropf, Zaphod Schmidt, and
Zach Carlson. The Athletic Nerds are managed by Jon Kropf. In the “Wind
Visible” challenge, the fourth grade team called the Willow Creek Thinkers won first
place in the district and qualified for the state tournament. This is the
second year in a row that this team has won first place. The team also received
the DaVinci award for innovation and creativity during their Instant Challenge.
The team consists of Carstenn Jones, Will Carroll, Evan Brown, Will McMahon,
Akber Shaikh, Sally Webster, and Gwen Ridgeway. The Willow Creek Thinkers are
managed by Rob Brown.
Jones of the Willow Creek Thinkers was selected for a special leadership award for
his work during the team’s Instant Challenge. From the appraisers: “Carstenn
was an exceptional role model and team leader. With his guidance, he was able
to help lead his team to an incredibly creative solution for the Instant
Challenge.” This is a huge honor and we congratulate Carstenn for his
outstanding work. Addison Niehoff received a special Spirit of DI award for her
design that was chosen for the program cover. Nicely done, Addison!
to all teams for their hard work and excellent performances at the district tournament!