Strange and amazing creatures roamed the hallways of Grandview High School on March 17. There were the “Crazily Creative Chameleons Craving Candy Corn” from Greenwood Elementary, the “Demonilationating Impozzipmplets” from West Middle School and the “Vertically Challenged Giraffes” from Eaglecrest High School, just to name a few.
Those crazy characters were among 600 elementary, middle and high school students from across the Cherry Creek School District, who were participating in the CCSD Regional Destination Imagination Tournament, a celebration of creativity, critical thinking and collaboration.
Destination Imagination is an international program that helps prepare children to be the innovators of the future by combining the arts, sciences and technology with creativity, teamwork and problem solving. Teams of two to seven students select a challenge in one of these areas: technical, scientific, engineering, fine arts, improvisation, service learning and early learning.
“The teams this year were very innovative in their solutions to the challenges,” said Steph Wilson, the newest of three co-directors of Destination Imagination in Cherry Creek Schools.
While the challenges are fun, they are also educational.
"The challenges are project-based and are designed to teach students from kindergarten through 12th grade the creative process – a powerful tool that is at the root of all innovation,” said Pearl Schwartz, long-time DI co-director in CCSD. “Our teams learn the skills needed for the 21st century workforce."
Fellow co-director Maureen Dewar said the CCSD Regional Tournament is one of the largest regional contests in the state and is a stepping stone to the next level of competition.
“The top three teams from each challenge and each level move on to the Colorado DI Tournament on April 7th at the Auraria campus in downtown Denver,” Dewar said. “Their goal is to earn the chance to go on to DI Globals, which will be held May 21-26 in Knoxville, Tennessee.”
An impressive 41 CCSD teams earned the right to compete at state. Congratulations and good luck to:
The Seven Marmoteers – Aspen Crossing Elementary
Fabulous Fighting Owls Are Back - Black Forest Hills Elementary
Cooking Catastrophe - Black Forest Hills Elementary
Pug Warriors - Black Forest Hills Elementary
F A N T A – Buffalo Trail Elementary
aMAZEing Magnetificent 6 - Calvary Homeschoolers
HydrasquiDIans 2.0 – Campus Middle School
White Cheddar Popcorns – Campus Middle School
Purple Bacon Bits – Campus Middle School
Drama Queens – Campus Middle School
Six Largish Dwarves on Fire – Challenge Middle School
The Last Little Genius Jedis - Cherry Creek Academy
Achoo!!! - Cherry Creek Academy Middle School
Ethereal Shenanigans – Cherry Creek High School
Effervescent – Cherry Creek High School
Day Old Pastries – Cherry Creek High School
D.I.versity – Cherry Creek High School
9+10=Snickerdoodles! - Cherry Creek Independent
The Maze Travelers – Cherry Hills Village Elementary
The Vicious Volcanos – Cherry Hills Village Elementary
Confidence Bloomers – Cherry Hills Village Elementary
Many Many Sno Cones!!!! – Cottonwood Creek Elementary
Cottonwood Creek Compassionators – Cottonwood Creek Elementary
Cottonwood Newsflashers – Cottonwood Creek Elementary
We Who Must Not Be Named – Dakota Valley Elementary
Marshmallow Madness – Dakota Valley Elementary
Vertically Challenged Giraffes – Eaglecrest High School
YodaVaders – Falcon Creek and Liberty middle schools
M.A.K.K.A. – Fox Ridge Middle School
Engineers Who Breathe Air – Fox Ridge Middle School
We could have been the team with – Grandview High School
Greenwood Unicorns – Greenwood Elementary
Crazily Creative Chameleons Craving Candy Corn – Greenwood Elementary
Fire Breathing Gophers – High Plains Elementary
DI Doges – High Plains Elementary
We Forgot – Independent middle school
Drop Dead Darling Diva Dogs – Liberty Middle School
Time is Running Out – Pine Ridge Elementary
WEIRD101 KHIBALELFA – Prairie Middle School
Taco Cookie Kats – Prairie Middle School
Demonilationating Impozzipmplets – West Middle School
You can get complete results from the Cherry Creek Regional DI Tournament here.ls group. Tab 2 of 2.