Two teams of St. Mary's Middle School students competed in Destination ImagiNation's Western Regional Competition at Carroll on Saturday, March 1, and both will be advancing to State competition in Ames on April 5.
Team One, The Creative Constructors team, created a skit that included a "switch" item. The switch item was a rope and had to be used in the play in two different ways. They also had to construct a structure that was 7.5 inches one dimenson and 8.5 inches another way. This structure had to weigh only 22 grams. It was constructed with only wood and glue. It was placed on a frame and weights were added to see how much weight the structure could hold. All this was included in the skit. The Creative Constructors team received first place in their category for the Instant Challenge. St. Mary's teacher Kathi Benz was the moderator for this group.
Team Two, The D.J. WHAMMz competed in the "I've Got a Secret" category. This is a student-led competition where the group incorporates their "creative ideas" into a theatrical performance of an original story about a secret. The groups must incorporate a masquerade character that appears to be something or someone until its true identify is revealed. They were to integrate an optical illusion into the story line along with other various components for the competition. This team was advised by St. Mary's teacher Julie Pedersen.
Destination ImagiNation, Inc., the world's largest creativity and problem solving organization, inspires participants in all of its programs, to learn the process, art, and skill associated with problem solving. Destination ImagiNation helps kids from kindergarten to college develop a unique and critical skill set by emphasizing skills like creativity, collaboration, teamwork, presentation skills, time management and budgeting.