The Destination Imagination program encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus and frame challenges while incorporating STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics), and service learning. Participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. The purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Teams from kindergarten through college work together to create solutions to selected problems without “outside” assistance from adults.
What Did Our Team Do?
This year, our diverse team of five 6th – 8th grade girls on Team RiseUP competed in a service learning challenge called “Escape Artists”. They had to identify, design and carry out a project that addresses a need in a real community and create and theatrically present a story that builds suspense about characters who attempt an escape, integrate information about the project through clues that help the characters attempt to escape, integrate information about the future of their project and create and present elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength and talents.
RiseUP chose to raise money for the Camp Fire victims and community of Paradise and integrate that experience into their theatrical performance. They competed and took 1st place at the Northern California Regional tournament, and then competed and took 3rd place at the California State tournament. In addition, at the Regional Tournament our team was awarded the Da Vinci Award For Outstanding Creativity for their “creativity of costumes and backdrop, consistency of production, and evidence of massive effort and patience in their workmanship.” At the State Tournament they were awarded the Renaissance Award For Outstanding Design, Engineering, Execution and Performance for their “ingenuity used to design, etch and sell metal water bottles to raise money for the Paradise/Camp Fire victims, and their creative costume design using game boards and the recycled pizza boxes from their fundraising.” All of this means they are an incredibly talented group of young ladies who have earned a spot at the Global Finals, competing against teams from all over the world! This is an unbelievable opportunity and a great accomplishment. We are so very proud of them!
All of their costumes, props, and backdrop were built at Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College in Rocklin. Hacker Lab was the perfect space for the inspiration, collaboration and problem solving needed to solve their challenge. We could not have done this without the support of Hacker Lab and Sierra Makerspaces—especially the contributions of Heather Lincoln, Jim Krebs, and Mark Fulwider. They worked with the girls, teaching them skills and techniques (and how to use tools!). Hacker Lab, and the amazing people who power it, were an integral part of our journey and our success! Thank you, Hacker Lab!!!
Note: In the following pictures…
Team Tshirts and Sweatshirts designed by the team in Corel and printed at Sierra College
Team sign designed by the team in Corel and laser cut at Hacker Lab
Fundraising – Water Bottles etched on laser cutter at Hacker Lab, and Button Making