On May 22, Waldorf High School’s Destination Imagination team advanced to the Global DI competition in Kansas City, Missouri, where they competed alongside 1,100 of the top-scoring DI teams from 38 U.S. states and 17 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, fine arts and service learning. Students learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas and collaborative problem solving process. At the beginning of the elective course, students choose a problem solving challenge, collaborate to develop a creative solution and present their solutions at regional tournaments. Qualifying teams advance on to a state-wide competition, where they compete to represent Massachusetts at the Global competition.
Waldorf High School’s 2019 DI team includes students Willow Stoner, of Framingham; Smaranda Costiner, of Watertown; Jarius Kidd, of Brockton; Tianlun “Eric” Yu, of Shanghai, China; and Shijie “Robbin” Ma, of Shenzhen, China; and is managed by WHS science and math teacher Molly Swanson.
The 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 “On Target,” prompted students to create a team-designed aircraft capable of takeoff, flight, and landing and use the aircraft to drop payloads into target zones with a team-created payload drop method. The aircraft flights and payload drops must also be integrated into a story about exploring a remote place that highlights the portrayal of a featured character and also include two team-chosen creative elements integrated into their performance.
The WHS team worked to build a quadcopter drone from scratch and created a sonar-based payload drop mechanism and performed a melodramatic medieval tale of a love triangle between a knight, a princess and a dragon. Their team choice elements were a sonnet written in Spenserian format in iambic pentameter, delivered in epic dramatic fashion and two crafted costumes, a cloak and a princess dress. These were well-received by the appraisers, earning the team a rank of 20th in the world in the team choice elements category for their challenge and level.
Waldorf High School is located at 160 Lexington St., Belmont.
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