Two groups of Preschool and lower Elementary school students from The Riverside School traveled to Burlington High School on Saturday, March 18 to compete in a Destination Imagination competition.
The “Rising Stars” team which incorporated preschool through 2nd grade students learned about simple and complex machines and built one that was integrated into a self-authored play. When asked what he liked most about the experience, Kindergartener Conall Kennedy stated, “I liked the feedback after our performance, they told us we were rock stars.”
The early elementary aged group that incorporated Kindergarten through 3rd grade students chose an improvisational challenge where they learned about different genres of theatre and character development and incorporated that knowledge into improvisational skits. 1st grader, Gabe Adams remembered, “Our team won, and that was really fun but the most important part of Destination Imagination is working with our team and learning together.”
The two groups also completed “Instant Challenges” where they had to utilize the teamwork skills that they had developed to work together to solve challenges.
The students began the process of building their teams and creating and practicing their challenges in the winter and met weekly until the spring competition. The parents of several of the team members volunteered as coordinators and supported the students to write self-authored plays, build sets and create costumes.
Destination Imagination is a nation wide program that encourages the participants to utilize a variety of skills and teamwork to solve problems and overcome challenges. All the while having fun and being creative.