The Latest from Destination Imagination Tennessee

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Destination Imagination alumni are artists, engineers, writers, scientists and entrepreneurs. They are leaders, world-changers, collaborators, and innovators. And amazing adults like these are the kids that could be on YOUR Destination Imagination team this season. Read one DI journey–and then find out more about how you can get a team started and help change a student’s life!

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New to Destination Imagination and need a little financial boost to help get your teams started? Check out the Tennessee DI Start-a-Team Grant!

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Is your team ready to make an Impact? Check out this year’s Service Learning Challenge, Inside Impact! •Identify, design, carry out, and evaluate a project that addresses a need in a real community. •Create a live presentation that highlights the project and the impact it made on the community. •Create infographics that include information about the project. •Create a storage device that transforms as the story of the project unfolds. •Create..

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Want to shake up your team with a little spontaneity? Everyone loves Treasure, don’t they? •Research different cultures and famous explorers. •Create and present an improvisational skit about a quest to return a lost cultural treasure to its owner. •Integrate two explorers and a prop into the quest. •Show how characters work together to overcome a setback.

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Maybe your team needs a Change of Tune…this year’s Fine Arts Challenge!

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Time to find out more about this year’s Engineering Challenge–Drop Zone! •Design, build and test a freestanding structure that can withstand impacts from dropped weights. •Tell a story about a sudden event with dramatic impact. •Design and create a visible or audible depiction of the story’s sudden event. •Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

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It’s this year’s Scientific Challenge! Is your team ready to tackle Unlikely Attraction? •Explore scientific concepts used in amusement park attractions. •Design and build an attraction that uses scientific concepts during its operation. •Create and present a story that features the attraction operating in an unlikely location. •Portray the unlikely location using sights and sounds. •Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength,..

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Check out this year’s Technical Challenge–Maze Craze! Team numbers are now available for purchase online at and full Challenges will be available for download on September 1st. •Design and build a device to navigate a tournament-provided maze. •Design and build a prop that transforms in the maze. •Design and build a way to remove an object from the maze. •Create and present a story about a journey through the maze. •Create and present two Team Choice Elements..

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Social-emotional skills (which Destination Imagination provides in abundance) are the great unknown that we know our students need–even the government (through the Every Student Succeeds Act) has mandated that states measure at least one non-academic measure of success. “As Noah Webster, the great American lexicographer and educator, put it back in 1788: ‘The virtues of men are of more consequence to society than their abilities; and for this reason, the heart should be cultivated with more assiduity..

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Time for 2017-18 Destination Imagination Challenge Previews! Check out these awesome videos (three of which feature Tennessee team members from Mt. Pleasant, Chattanooga and Milan!) and sneak a peek at which Challenge YOUR team would like to tackle this year! Challenge materials are available September 1, but you can buy your Team Number right now!

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Destination Imagination Tennessee is saddened by the loss of a dear friend and longtime DI volunteer, Sarah Benson. Our thoughts and prayers go out to so many who have been touched by Sarah, and we celebrate with them in honoring her memory.

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Have you heard? You can purchase your team numbers TOMORROW, August 1st, and you’ll have access to 2017-18 Destination Imagination Challenges on September 1st. There are a few differences this year, so be sure to read all about it here:

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Quite the cast of characters! It’s the Purritos, from Jefferson Elementary, who had a blast at Global Finals 2017 participating in 3-Peat!

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The Knights of the Square Table from Scales Elementary in Brentwood were cooking up some fun at Global Finals, where they competed in the Top Secret Challenge!

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It’s the 6 Wonders of Walnut Grove, from Walnut Grove Elementary in Franklin! These DI-ers participated in 3-Peat this year and LOVED pin trading at Global Finals (surprise!).

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The Technical Tripwires from St. Ann Catholic School in Bartlett, TN, had a blast at opening ceremonies during Global Finals 2017. They competed in Show and Tech Elementary Level.

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The Goon Platoon from Milan High School had an amazing visit to the Global Finals ’17, where they competed in the Engineering Challenge, Secondary Level, and received the High Instant Challenge Award for their level and challenge! Congrats, Goonies!

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The Shell Girls from Milan Schools had a blast representing Tennessee in the Opening Ceremonies at Global Finals! They participated in Project Outreach, Elementary Level, and are pictured with their Regional Director, Becky Rumbley Reeves.

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