WMS students place second in Stevens Point
Two Waupaca Middle School Destination Imagination Teams, the Super Six Sole Savers and the B4’s, both placed second at the Wisconsin Destination Imagination tournament on April 16 in Stevens Point,
They will move on the Global Finals competition starting May 25 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
This will be the third year in a row that the Super Six Sole Savers have qualified for Global Finals and the second trip for the B4’s.
Nearly 150,000 students from across the United States and 30 other countries, have participated in tournaments in hopes of earning a spot at the Global Finals competition.
Destination Imagination is an international organization that teaches students the creative process through seven different, open-ended team challenges.
The challenges are in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. Students use their talents in improvisation, theater arts, writing, project management, communication, innovation, teamwork, community service and social entrepreneurship.
The challenges are designed to teach kids how to think, not what to think, and then present their solutions at tournaments.
The Super Six Sole Savers competed in the service learning challenge called “The Meme Event.”
The team partnered with three different organizations, with their primary focus being to help souls (people) by sending soles (shoes).
They collected shoes, shoe making materials and medical supplies to be sent to Africa for Sole Hope and Soles for Jesus. They also collected socks for the Waupaca Miracle Tree.
The B4’s competed in the scientific challenge, “In Plain Sight.”
This challenge required the team to research how camouflage is used by an organism in nature, accurately represent the camouflage in the visible appearance of the organism, and create and present an original story that features how that organism uses camouflage.
The B4’s solved the challenge by designing a coral reef in which a Caribbean Octopus, portrayed by a team member, used the methods of texture, pattern and color change to hide “in plain sight.”
The B4’s were recognized for their solution with the Renaissance Award, for “outstanding design, engineering, execution or performance,” which included the use of thermochromic pigments to allow the octopus to change colors during the performance.