Destination Imagination lifts off December 12

Sky's the limitDestination Imagination (DI), a nation-wide program that teaches the creative process from imagination to innovation, will lift off in Charleston on Friday, Dec. 12, 4-5:30 p.m. at Mountaineer Montessori School (MMS), 308 20th Street.  The program is open to all area students in third through fifth grade.

Destination Imagination encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts and service learning.  Participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas and the collaborative problem solving process.

Team members work together after school once a week under the guidance of trained parent or community volunteer team managers, to brainstorm, develop and refine solutions to a “Team Challenge” of their choice,  and present their solutions at the West Virginia State Competition, to be held in Fairmont on March 21, 2015.

A “Rising Stars” DI team for students in kindergarten through second grade will also be formed based upon interest.

At the organizational meeting students and parents will be introduced to the program, participate in some “Instant Challenge” activities and discussing scheduling and future events. Interested families should contact Ali Shams (ashams1@hotmail.com) or Anne Fishkin (anne_fishkin@hotmail.com) to register.

A “Rising Stars” DI team for students in kindergarten through second grade will also be formed based upon interest.

At the organizational meeting students and parents will be introduced to the program, participate in some “Instant Challenge” activities and discuss scheduling and future events. Interested families should contact Ali Shams (ashams1@hotmail.com) or Anne Fishkin (anne_fishkin@hotmail.com) to register.

For more information about Destination Imagination, go to www.destinationimagination.org, and www.freewebs.com/wvdi/ for details about the West Virginia program.

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