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Fernbrook Elementary School students participate in Destination Imagination

Fernbrook Elementary School students participate in Destination Imagination

Scholars in the Destination Imagination (DI) after-school club at Fernbrook Elementary School have been working to solve open-ended STEAM challenges designed to teach the creative process. 

At DI practice each week, the 40 students, or eight teams, work on creativity, problem solving and team building skills to help each team come up with their own solution to the Improv, Engineering and Fine Arts challenges. In going through this process, kids learn vital life and career skills—creative thinking, critical thinking, public speaking, and collaborative problem-solving—that help them feel empowered and set them up for success in their future.

The Fernbrook DI teams are coached by fourth grade teachers Jessica Spurrell and Courtney Chapple. The challenges are kid-driven, so adult ideas and input are not allowed. Coaches are able to ask groups questions and teach students skills that the team is interested in learning to help them in their challenge. This all culminates in a regional tournament where each team performs their solution to the challenge and participates in an instant challenge, which is a task or performance-based activity given to them on the spot at the tournament.

At the DI practices, students prepare for the tournament by participating in various on-the-spot activities and prepping their solutions to the Improv, Engineering and Fine Arts challenges. At one practice, students had seven minutes to use various household items to create a freestanding tower to balance a spatula on. Afterwards, students talked about what went well, what didn’t and how to improve in the future. The teams also worked on their team names and started their planning guide to plan their big projects, which included roller coaster planning, presenting a well-known story and researching improv competitions. The students had to work together as a team and agree on all decisions.

Want to learn more about DI? Check out their website!