Destination Imagination Finals in Tennessee

By Ms. Charlotte Anthony, Destination Imagination Coach
On May 23, four of WPGA’s Destination Imagination teams headed to Knoxville, Tennessee for the annual Global Finals, the culmination of regional and provincial DI wins. Dubbed the world’s largest celebration of creativity, this epic international competition hosts 8,000 students from across the world for four days of innovative team challenges. Although our team results fell somewhere in the middle (we demand a recount!), this was an awesome learning and social experience for our students. See below a few highlights from the competition, and check out this video from grade 9 team member Tatiana Elliott that captured all the fun.
Global Finals Highlights 
Our second grade 6 team survived technical difficulties when their backdrop fell apart during their presentation and yet they carried on and finished their performance without missing a beat!
Our grade 8 team surprised themselves when their teeny tiny balsa structure managed to hold 700 pounds of weight. This was a record for the team and a very proud moment for us Canucks.
It was pretty cool when, after half of the grade 9 team's balsa structure was disqualified, the remaining two pieces managed to hold over 300 pounds. Even more cool was when a fellow BC resident, originally from Pakistan, was moved to tears by their presentation about the treatment of women in Pakistan and invited them to present at a function this summer. This same gentleman also attended one of our grade 6 team’s presentations and was again moved to tears . . . of laughter. They were the last team to present on the last day at the last time slot of Global Finals and it was well worth the wait. They were fabulous!
Thank you to Ms. Izdebski for chaperoning and to Mr. Bendl and Mr. Easterman for their incredible coaching. See you next year!