Rye Elementary School DI team to participate in Global Finals
Taking first place in both state tournaments, the team is going for the Gold
Peggy Balboni, story and photos with assistance from Bill Pappou Drew
A team from Rye Elementary School won first place in its division of the N.H. State Destination Imagination tournament on March 27 and will be heading to the DI Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn., May 26th-29th. Team members are Chris Balboni, Liam Blanchard, Dylan Chase, Evan Lawton, Henry Ekstrom, Braeden Schafroth-Bach and Mark Weathersby. The team is managed by Peggy Balboni.
The Live Free Do Rye DI team
Destination Imagination is a school-sponsored program which teaches students to work together to solve problems independently. The students make all the decisions, build the props, create the costumes and compose the performance. Adults merely act as facilitators. The program encourages students to think “out of the box” to arrive at creative and unique solutions to a challenge. This type of experience enriches the total school curriculum by providing multiple opportunities for students to research information and apply their academic knowledge by experimenting with new solutions. More information about ID in New Hampshire may be found here
This team was successful for many reasons. The students worked very well as a team, capitalizing on each individual’s specific skills. Some were better at constructing the delivery device; some were great “idea” people; some focused on the script; others concentrated on the props and costumes. All of them worked hard to problem solve when the device failed and re-test different solutions many times. They were a great group of boys, positive about the challenge and respectful of each other.
At the tournaments, all teams must present solutions to both a central challenge, which is worked on for several months prior, and an instant challenge, a short unknown task presented to the team at the tournament. Our team chose the central challenge, DIRECT DIPOSIT, which focused on Engineering, Cost/Benefit Analysis, Innovation & Design Process, Technical Design and Construction, Experimentation, Mathematics, Communication, Theater Arts, and Teamwork.
Team members were required to:
• Present a team-created story about making a decision.
• Design and build a piece of equipment that delivers supply Objects over a barrier to Targets.
• Consider risk versus reward to increase Object score through strategic delivery to job site Targets.
Set up # 1 operation
Set up # 2 operation
Set up # 3 operation
While achieving the high honors at the state tournament is a tribute to the whole town of Rye, there is a cost associated with participating in the tournament in Tennessee. It will cost almost $15,000 for the team and chaperones to reach Knoxville and compete in the four day program. This team is fortunate to have some of the team costs funded by the Rye School Board. The team has also received donations from the Rye Education Foundation and the Rye PTA. While these contributions have greatly helped we are still seeking additional funds.
The Rye DI program is hosting a movie night at the Rye Elementary School on Friday May 14 at 6:30 p.m. to benefit this team’s trip to the Global competition. Additional contributions may be made to the Rye School District, c/o Donna Berry, Rye Elementary School, 461 Sagamore Road, Rye NH 03870.
The Team in Costume
Attending the DI global finals will be a unique opportunity for this young Rye team to interact with other students from around the country and around the world. They will be able to share what they have learned with the community and excite more students to participate in the Rye Destination Imagination program next year. We are very grateful to our community for supporting our participation in the DI Global Finals.
A previous Rye Reflections article about DI appears here
A Rye Reflections article about a recent DI team from New Castle appears here
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