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50 students make up Triton’s largest Destination ImagiNation group ever

February 20, 2013

Izzy Yazel, Allyson Brown help Ana and Essais Lemler build a bridge from marshmallows and pipe cleaners. 

BOURBON — This weekend you have the opportunity to see a preview of Triton students’ Destination ImagiNation challenges before the March 9 regional competition.
“The kids are pretty much going to run through what they will do at the regional tournament,” said Lisa Eiser, DI coordinator at Triton Schools. “So many people don’t understand Destination ImagiNation…we hope that by letting the public see what we do, they will understand it more.”
Destination ImagiNation is a creative problem solving program for students in grades K-12. Students solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions to tournaments. The challenges are based in science, technology, the arts, engineering, and math.
“In working to solve our challenges, our teams learn important life skills like time management, collaboration, conflict resolution, and creative and critical thinking,” said Eiser. “We have the largest group we’ve ever had this year — 50 students — and I think people are realizing that these skills sets are important for students to have.”
A new challenge was undertaken by a junior and senior high school DI group this year — Project Outreach. Their task is to find a community need and go through the process of meeting that need.
“When the kids began looking at this project and reading the challenge, they felt they wanted to contribute to Bourbon before they left,” said Eiser.
The students chose the name Bourbon Community Awareness, Inc. and decided to beautify the community by painting a mural on the side of the Bourbon St. Pizza building downtown. This project will be judged based on a movie that the students will create about the mural. They will also answer questions about the project from a group of judges, or “appraisers.”
Eiser hopes many will attend Saturday’s open house to see what the students have been working on all year. Most have been practicing more than once a week after school.
“They work all year, and (at the competition) they only have eight minutes to present their challenge,” said Eiser.
The open house will take place in the Triton Jr./Sr. High School auditorium at 6 p.m. Saturday. It’s open to the public and free of charge.

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