A year ago, Delaney, Afton, Maja, Magnus, and Peter cheered from the bleachers as their older siblings won Destination Imagination state championships and earned trips to the Global Finals in Tennessee. Now these five first-, second-, and third-graders from Shelburne have their own trophy and are headed to Globals.
A total of four teams from Shelburne Community School took part in this year’s DI tournament – and all four won their respective divisions.
The DI competition consists of academic challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), fine arts, and service learning. Kids do all the planning and work themselves with only minimal guidance from adult coaches.
The “D.I.Y.” team of three Shelburne middle schoolers built a shoebox that served as a lie detector, an aspect of their challenge that required them to create an everyday object that performed an unexpected task. This ingenuity won them the “Top Secret” challenge.
The seven junior high school students that made up the “Heel Clicking Narwhals With Extra Sauce” team won the “Vanished” middle school division. Five third- to fifth-graders, “The Blue Girl Group,” also won the “Vanished” challenge in their division. These teams wrote and performed stories about how the disappearance of a color changes the world, created a colorful character that is involved in the color’s disappearance, and developed a method to create a vanishing act.
The Narwhals also won the tournament’s Da Vinci Award for outstanding creativity.
Delaney, Afton, Maja, Magnus, and Peter, or “DAMMP RAYSNs” (an acronym made up of the first letters and last letters of their names), won their “Show and Tech” division. The kids wrote a two-act story, built a revolving stage that transported one team member from his bedroom to Candyland, and created technical effects to amaze the audience.
All the winning teams qualified for the Global Finals, but only the RAYSNs will make the trip. They will compete in Knoxville, Tenn. from May 23 to 27 against teams from other states and international teams from China, Mexico, Poland, South Korea, and many others.
As part of their fundraising efforts, the team will host a third annual Kids Night Out May 12 at the Shelburne Field House. The event will offer kids in grades K-5 a chance to enjoy arts & crafts, sports, and other games at the fieldhouse while their parents have a night out.
On May 20 from 3 to 6pm at the Shelburne Town Gym there will be a Lularoe clothing sale.
The kids will also raffle off gift baskets with themed items, including tennis lessons, camping items, a rainy-day science kit, Green Mountain Coffee and a mini Keurig coffee brewer, and a spa package with gift cards and spa items. Tickets for the raffle will be available from team members, at the Kids’ Night Out and Lularoe sale, and at other events around Shelburne.
For more details on the team, the raffle, and other fundraisers – or if you want to make a donation – visit the Shelburne Destination Imagination website at www.shelburnedi.com.