A group of Shakopee elementary students needs your help to reach its destination – Knoxville, Tennessee – and be the first to represent Shakopee in a global competition.
Six teams from Shakopee Schools participated in Destination Imagination (DI) this year. This is Shakopee’s first year in DI. This program is offered through Shakopee Community Education. Two teams qualified for the state competition, and DInamyte, a team of fifth graders from Sun Path Elementary, qualified to go to the Global Finals!
DI is an educational program in which student teams solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at a tournament. DI is designed to teach three essential skills – creativity, teamwork and problem solving. DI participants are tested to think on their feet, work as a team and devise original solutions that satisfy the challenges’ requirements. DI participants gain more than basic knowledge and skills. They learn to unleash their imagination and take unique approaches to problem solving.
Every year, over 125,000 students across the U.S. and in more than 30 countries participate in DI. Competitions begin at the regional level. Selected teams then move on to the state tournament and ultimately some earn a spot in the global tournament.
This year’s Global Finals is in Knoxville, TN, May 23-26. Over 1,000 teams from 30 nations, ranging from elementary to university level, will meet for four days of competition in creative thinking, problem solving and teamwork.
To help off-set the expense of this trip, "DInamyte" families are looking for support from local businesses and community members. Any funds raised will go directly to the approximate $10,000 needed for the team to make the trip to the competition.
Donations are being accepted at Sun Path Elementary at 2250 17th Ave. East, Shakopee, or Shakopee Community Education at 505 Holmes St. South, Shakopee. Make checks payable to Shakopee Public Schools.
For more information, go to www.shakopee.k12.mn.us, click on Schools then Sun Path or call Jenny Ames at (952) 496-5027.