February 25, 2014 > Destination Imagination
Submitted By Asha Tarachandani
Team ÒFCS Warriors,Ó first grade students at Fremont Christian School (FCS), participated in the Destination Imagination challenge held in Dublin on February 15. Destination Imagination (DI) is a non-profit, volunteer-led, cause-driven, international organization. It 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.
FCS Warriors team members participated in the non-competitive challenge for their grade level called ÒRising Stars.Ó Their task was to present an eight-minute skit showing three circus acts. With a no-parent-interference policy, the skit ideas, props and backdrops were completely handled by the kids. The team worked for five months making props and outfits, directing the play, writing dialogue and poems. Two of the three circus acts were given the challenge to make something using geometric shapes and demonstrate concepts of balance. The third act was for the team to decide, for which the kids chose to present a magic act that was highly appreciated by the appraisers. They praised the teamÕs original ideas and encouraged them to return next year.
In addition, the team also participated in the Instant Challenge where a new challenge is presented on-the-spot and the team has to plan and present a solution in a limited amount of time. Other than completing the task for the challenge, teams are appraised on innovation, teamwork and presentation.
Team members were Julila Catancio, Justin Hwang, Arnav Madhu, Avni Madhu, Neil Makur, and Gabriel Malik. Team managers were Asha Tarachandani and Julie Catancio. The managers mentioned that their proudest moments were when they saw the shy team members wanting to do more for their act, and challenging other kids. Similarly, they saw the bold team members trying to speak their view points in a calm and collected way during the last few days of practice sessions. Overall, it was an amazing experience.
For more information on Destination Imagination, visit http://www.destinationimagination.org/.