Imagination will take you anywhere

Our Destination Imagination students had a tremendous time competing in the 2016 Destination Imagination Tidewater Regional Tournament on Feb. 20 at Princess Anne Middle School in Virginia Beach.

Destination Imagination encourages students to have fun, take risks, focus and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the arts and service learning.

Middle school students teamed together to select a challenge which intrigued and stimulated their learning.

Sixth-grade teams, the Amazing Aces and Thinker Tinkers, two combined seventh- and eighth-grade teams, the Moving Men and the Color Crew, represented Collegiate in the tournament.

The Moving Men, comprised of Jordan Familiant ’20, Jimmy Bugg ’21, Michael Harvey ’20, Ryan Williams ’21 and Tyler Huckaby ’20, earned second place in the technological competition and will advance to the state competition on April 9 at Atlee High School in Mechanicsville.

“The students were praised for their beautiful space backdrop and the engineering of their vehicle, which included power drill propulsion, stirring and stop-and-go pedals,” said Erin Smyth, Destination Imagination advisor and middle school science teacher.

The students of the Moving Men team are extremely excited to attend the state competition in April.

“I hope that we place high at the state competition,” said Michael. “My hope is that we at least come in second.”

Students enjoy Destination Imagination because it enhances their skills.

“I’m not good at drawing or singing, but I wanted to be involved in something,” said Jimmy. “And I knew I was good at building.”

The Tidewater competition was very competitive for students.

“We were against two teams,” said Jordan. “At first, we didn’t know what to expect. After the other teams went and did well, we thought we weren’t going to win, but it turned out we did.”

“All of the teams have plenty to be proud of and have learned a lot, both through their successes and through their frustrations,” said Smyth.

The Amazing Aces were praised for elements of their story, including someone who gave updates to townspeople in the style of Facebook posts and a beggar who was so poor, he even sold his name.

The Thinker Tinkers received recognition for their props, which included a beautiful fireplace with a moving fire and their teamwork and ability to think quickly if someone forgot their lines.

The Color Crew took first place in the Instant Challenge and third overall. The students were acknowledged for their funny performance and creative use of a belt sander propulsion method and design props.