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Six teams of students from the Wauwatosa School District have advanced to the Destination Imagination Global Finals May 24-27 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Destination Imagination is an international program that fosters creativity and teamwork while incorporating STEM, the arts, and service learning. Students form teams with up to seven members and choose to compete in one of seven academic challenges: technical, scientific, engineering, fine arts, improvisational, service learning/project outreach, and instant.

The students qualified for their trip to Knoxville during the Destination Imagination state competition on Saturday, April 8 at UW-Stevens Point. In all, 16 teams represented Wauwatosa at state.

The following Wauwatosa teams will compete at the Global Finals in their respective challenge:

  • Scientific Challenge: The 7 STEMipedes (Longfellow, 2nd place)
  • Fine Arts Challenge: Oopsoctaink (Longfellow, 1st place)
  • Improvisational Challenge: Still Thinking (Longfellow, 1st place)
  • Kids in a Barrel (Lincoln, 3rd place)
  • Service Learning Challenge: The Tail Tellers from East (1st place)
  • The [Not Quite So] Golden Spoons (Longfellow, 3rd place)

The team "Still Thinking" from Longfellow also won a Renaissance Award — one of only three given at the state tournament — for "outstanding skill in engineering, design or performance."

According to Anne Coulling, co-director of the Milwaukee region of Destination Imagination, the program participation has grown exponentially in Wauwatosa — from 15 teams five years ago to 43 teams this year. In Wauwatosa, the program is almost entirely parent-led, though teams receive the support and sponsorship of various schools within the district.

More than 1,400 teams from 45 U.S. states and 14 countries will compete and showcase their creative solutions to chosen challenges at the Global Finals.

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