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Queen of Peace DI teams win first place in regional

Queen of Peace School’s “The Odd Ones Out” Destination ImagiNation team members include (from left) Faith Blomquist, Emma Swanson, Cassandra Neumann, Kirsten Papas, Eli Lah, Caleb Swanson and Otto Cockburn. Contributed Photo 1 / 2
“Team Extreme,” the Destination ImagiNation team from Queen of Peace, includes (back row, from left) Paige Williams, Jonah Bryant-Nikko, Thomas Sabyan, (front) Lydia Saletel, Maggie Sowada, Addison Loeb and Ava Ion. Contributed Photo 2 / 2

Two Queen of Peace Catholic School teams became Regional Champions at the Destination ImagiNation Regional Tournament held at Proctor High School on Saturday, March 8.

“Team Extreme,” the elementary level team, consisted of seven students from third and fourth grades. They chose the Scientific Challenge which made them explore and research an extreme environment that exists in the universe.The students had to design and depict an extreme environment, as well as a piece of equipment (extreme gear) in order for one to adapt to such an environment. They presented a skit to demonstrate their gear using several technical and scientific methods, which were incorporated into the skit.

The middle school team — named  “The Odd Ones Out” — consisted of seven students from fifth and sixth grades who chose the Structure Challenge. They built a structure which was then tested against two forces at the same time with the challenge of integrating a creative story in which tension is a threat to stability and is overcome in some way depicted by a prop assembled during the presentation inside a measured space.

Each team had to participate in an Instant Challenge which requires teams to engage in quick, creative and critical thinking. Team members must think on their feet by applying appropriate skills to produce a solution to a problem that is kept confidential until the time of the challenge in a period of five to ten minutes.

Destination ImagiNation (DI) is the world’s largest creative solving organization, serving 50 states and more than 40 countries. DI is an international program that teaches life skills and expands imagination through team-based creative problem solving.

Both teams move on to the state competitions scheduled for Saturday, April 12, in Champlin Park, Minn. Queen of Peace School was the only Catholic school represented at the DI Regional Tournament.