---- — More than 1,100 students competed March 23 at Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston and Monadnock Regional High School in the final week of New Hampshire Destination Imagination Regional Tournaments.
Student teams of up to seven demonstrate their creativity competing in open-ended challenges that have a focus on the arts, science, technology, engineering, math and service learning. DI teams must solve their challenge without help of others.
Teams were appraised on numerous areas, including results, teamwork, presentation, creativity and innovation. Top teams advanced by Challenge and their age level. Teams that advanced will compete at Destination Imagination State Finals at Salem High School on Saturday, April 6.
Local winners advancing to the state finals are as follows:
Challenge A: IN THE ZONE, Secondary Level: First, How Many Dragons Have You Fought?, Pinkerton Academy.
Challenge B: WIND VISIBLE, Elementary Level, Third, Hampstead Academy.
Challenge B: WIND VISIBLE, Middle Level, First, Gilbert H. Hood Middle School.
Challenge C: IN DISGUISE, Elementary Level, Second, Londonderry D.
Challenge C: IN DISGUISE, Secondary Level, First, On A Tuesday Night with A Full Moon, Pinkerton Academy.
Challenge D: CHANGE IN REALITEE, Middle Level, First, Hampstead Academy; second, Hampstead Academy.
Challenge D: CHANGE IN REALITEE, Secondary Level, First, Londonderry DI; second, Kamikaze Organization of Ducks, Pinkerton Academy.
Challenge E: TWIST-O-RAMA, Middle Level, First, Londonderry DI.
Special Awards: DaVinci Award for outstanding creativity. This award is given for having a unique approach to a solution, for risk taking, and/or for outstanding creativity (not skill or talent). Pinkerton Academy, Team 130-27022, Challenge: Change in RealiTee, Secondary Level
The appraisal team was blown away by the improv techniques used by this team in the preparation phase of the challenge. The team immediately broke into three groups to brainstorm the beginning, middle, and end of the performance. The team then reformed to integrate the pieces. It was an incredibly efficient approach to brainstorming using improv techniques.