|On March 24, 2018, the Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay Destination Imagination (DI) team gave a great performance at the state Destination Imagination Tournament along with teams from across Massachusetts, and they qualified to move on to the Global Tournament! Their programmed maze-traveling robot, creative medical drama storyline, and catapulting appendix were all a hit with the appraisers.|
On May 23, WHS's DI team will advance to the Global DI competition in Knoxville, Tennessee, where they will compete alongside 1,400 of the top-scoring DI teams from 45 U.S. states and 15 countries. More than 17,000 people attend the event each year. The Destination Imagination program, offered as an elective course at Waldorf High School, is an international, project-based educational program that encourages innovation, teamwork and creative problem solving. Students choose one of seven different open-ended DI challenges and work together in teams to plan, create and present their solution. DI fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), fine arts and service learning. Students learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. At the beginning of the elective course, students choose a problem solving challenge, collaborate to develop a creative solution, and compete at a regional level with other high schools. Qualifying teams advance on to a state-wide competition, where they compete to represent Massachusetts at the Global competition.
Waldorf High School’s 2018 DI team includes five students: Willow Stoner, Elizabeth Owens, Smaranda Costiner, Liam Hilton, and Augustine Ros. WHS’ DI team chose the Technical Challenge, which prompts students to complete tasks by using engineering, research, strategic planning and related skills. This year's Technical Challenge, called Maze Craze, required students to design and build a device to navigate a tournament-provided maze, a prop that transforms in the maze, and a way to remove an object from the maze, as well as create and present a story about a journey through the maze. WHS’ DI team designed and constructed a robotic maze traveler and integrated it into a story about a desperate patient and a surgeon with a damaged reputation to redeem. They also engineered devices to launch the damaged appendix out of the patient's body (represented by the maze), and explode a "tumor" (balloon) into a shower of confetti.
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