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destination-imaginationThe Imaginators, a team of third- and fourth-grade students from Orono Intermediate School, placed second in Destination Imagination regional competition. The South and Southwest Metro regions were held February 18 at Maple Grove Junior High.

The team, which tackled a fine arts challenge, will now advance to state competition April 22 at Jackson Middle School and Champlin Park High School in Champlin.

The purpose of Destination Imagination is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. There are seven new challenges to choose from each year. Each of the challenges is developed by a team of educators and industry experts who target a particular area of the curriculum and its related standards of content and performance. The areas of focus include: technical, scientific, fine arts, improvisational, structural and service learning. There is also a non-competitive Early Learning challenge that allows participants to develop social and problem-solving skills.

Each challenge is open-ended and enables student teams to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation. Students have fun and gain confidence in their ability to solve any challenge. In working to solve challenges, teams learn 21st century skills (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship and courage) to build on their unique strengths.

Each season takes place from September through May. Depending on the challenge, teams typically spend two to four months developing and practicing challenge solutions.

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Photo above: Team members, from left, are Caroline Fairbrother, Ava Robbins,
Jadyn Herrera, Gabe Sherman, Jack Gratton, Reece Herrera and Bella Sherman.
Photo below: The Imaginators show off their second-place ribbons!

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