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Send Michigan kids to D. I. Globals

Organized by: Curtis DeSaele

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The Malow Junior High Destination Imagination team – Cool Beans - is going global!! Our team qualified for Global Finals and we need your help to get there. We are asking our friends and family to share this page and we are going out in our local community to ask for funds also. Funds can be donated through this site or you may write a check to Malow Junior High (with Destination Imagination / Cool Beans in the memo line). These donations are tax deductible. Our school Tax ID number is 38-6002552 and we will be happy to send you a receipt if you need one. The school address for checks is 6400 25 Mile Road, Shelby Township MI 48316. The Cool Beans Destination Imagination team competed in the Michigan Region 3 DI competition at Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights, MI in late February. They are a team of 5th, 6th and 7th graders. Cool Beans got 2nd place in that competition and moved on to states. They improved their solution between regionals and states, and competed at Central Michigan University on April 16. Out of the 16 teams in their challenge that competed at states, Cool Beans took second place and is invited to Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee! Global Finals will be held in Knoxville between May 22 and May 28th at the University of Tennessee. What is Destination Imagination? Destination Imagination is a creative problem ​​solving competition. Teams of seven kids work to solve a central challenge that they present at a regional competition. During the year, they also do a lot of practice for solving instant challenges, which are challenges they have to solve in a short amount of time (usually about 7 minutes). ​ ​ To learn more about the mission and goals of the program please check out and the Michigan Destination Imagination page at ​ Destination Imagination is a STEM-focused, inquiry-based program, and it is wonderful opportunity for our youth in Michigan to showcase their creativity. Solving hands-on problems as a team is an experience they aren't able to get in the regular classroom. ​ This is a completely student-led program. Team managers and parents are not allowed to help the kids with any of their solution. This year, they learned to do things like sew, cut lumber, use a power drill, screws and nails, and much more!​ They created costumes, and wrote, directed, and performed in a play. ​ The team selected the DI challenge “Get a Clue”. The team had to develop a mystery story in the past. The end of the story is not known by even the team because the culprit’s name is put in a secret envelope and opened live on stage by the team. They have to alter the end of the story to prove the person in the envelope committed the crime. Their Story was based in the Groovy 70’s, and Rock and Roll. A reporter is interviewing the big rock star, while his custom outfit for the awards show goes missing. The team used a giant mood ring / rock to figure out who had the “bummer vibes”, to solve the case. In fact only one team member opens and reads the envelope, and the rest of the team does not know “who did it” until the end of the story - it was a true mystery story. Dusting for fingerprints, searching surveillance footage, carbon dating an artifact - sometimes technology plays an important role in discovering clues in an investigation. Part of the challenge was to create a “TechniClue”. The team created giant mood “rock” that changed colors, as different characters came near it. In actuality, the team used C++ to program an ardunio micro-computer that had a proximity sensor (lets you know when something is near it). It has LED’s that randomly changed colors of the rainbow, until one of the suspects triggered the proximity sensor – then it would change to a color to represent the guilt or innocence of the character. 25% of their overall score is an Instant Challenge. An Instant Challenge is a problem or puzzle that the team must solve immediately without advance preparation. The unrehearsed solutions are judged for their creativity, teamwork, and ingenuity. The team practices solving these at each team meeting, which is wonderful for their problem solving skills. ​The instant challenges often involve engineering and presentation skills. For example, they might be asked to build a structure that holds a certain amount of weight and create an original performance about how they would pitch that structure design to a city hall. ​Another example is splitting the team ​into 2 groups that ​ar​e not allowed to speak at all. They​ are asked to come up with a nonverbal set of signals to ​signal the other half of the team to do something like ​filling a shopping basket with certain items. But the trip to Knoxville, TN in May is not cheap. Which is why we need your help. All donations will be used to help pay the cost of travel, food, and lodging for our 7team members and team managers. Food and lodging alone costs each person $725. Why You Should Donate. You should donate because the skills our kids are learning in Destination Imagination are going to help make the world a better place. Thanks! Thanks so much for helping us go to Global Finals. We couldn't do it without you!


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