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Destination ImagiNation 2012-13 Challenges

September 7, 2012

DI celebrates problem solving skills, creativity, teamwork, and perseverance.

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2012-13 Challenge Preview

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Technical Challenge

Your vehicles are cranked and ready to tell their story. Will you push it, play it safe, or take the big risk? Just make sure you get In the Zone!

Points of Interest

  • Present a team-created story about the dangers faced by vehicles, told from the point of view of one or more vehicles
  • Design and build small vehicles that are able to reliably and accurately travel specific distances
  • Use at least three different power sources for the vehicles

Science Challenge

Art can begin with a flick of the wrist, but can it ride on the wind? If you take on this Challenge, you will imagine a character so light and airy that it could slip, slide and sail away!

Points of Interest

  • Explore how the science of wind energy can be used to make kinetic art move
  • Design and create kinetic art that moves during the presentation
  • Create and present an original story that features an invisible visitor
  • Integrate wind energy research into the story

Fine Arts Challenge

With the right camouflage, you can become anyone or anything. Superheroes and chameleons change themselves every day! Who will you be when you take the mask away?

Points of Interest

  • Present a team-created story about a character that uses a disguise
  • Use only non-verbal theatrical techniques to present the story
  • Design and construct at least two masks that enhance the story

Improv Challenge

The world has undergone a dramatic change overnight! OK team, grab some T-shirts and markers and see if you can make sense of this Change in RealiTee!

Points of Interest

  • Create a 5-minute improvisational skit about life after a dramatic change and how the characters adapt to this change
  • Learn about different communication techniques and integrate one into the skit
  • Use only white t-shirts, washable markers and team members to create all costumes, sets and props
  • Create a slogan from three randomly selected nouns

Structural Challenge

Let’s do the twist! It goes like this: Build a structure that can survive a serious hit while holding weight. That’s what we are torqueing about!

Points of Interest

  • Build a structure made entirely of glue and materials the team chooses from a list
  • Test the structure by placing weights on it, and by subjecting it to torque-inducing impacts
  • Produce a “bill of materials” listing the materials used in your structure, and provide samples of these materials
  • Produce a prop or costume made of all the materials used in the structure
  • Tell a story about something or someone that causes an unexpected twist or surprising change

Service Learning

LIGHTS: Find a community need.
CAMERA: Solve the problem the best way you can!
ACTION: Then unveil your documentary film to a captivated audience.

Points of Interest

  • Use collaborative problem solving tools to identify and select at least one real community need
  • Design and carry out a project to address the real community need
  • Create a movie that documents the project
  • Evaluate the project and prepare a thorough project review
  • Prepare for a live press conference

Early Learning

The colors of the rainbow are everywhere you look. In this Challenge, it is time to celebrate them all on ROY G BIV’s birthday. Pick your favorite color and join the party!

Points of Interest

  • Learn about the seven colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet
  • Create a play about Roy G. Biv’s birthday party
  • Dress Roy G. Biv in all the colors of the rainbow, and dress the guests in their favorite colors
  • Have each guest bring a gift that is made mostly of the color they are wearing
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