Tournament a showcase for creativity

Team Cayman Kids of Kindness held a book drive to promote literacy.

Teamwork was a key factor in Cayman’s second annual Destination Imagination tournament held recently at the Cayman International School.

The Possible Num Nums raised money for the Humane Society.
The Possible Num Nums raised money for the Humane Society.

More than 100 students from kindergarten to Year 12 participate in the Destination Imagination program, and eight teams from CIS, John Gray High School and Triple C School took part in the tournament held on April 16. The event was hosted by MLA Winston Connolly, CIS Early Childhood/Elementary Principal Angie Leaver, and Destination Imagination affiliate director David Finch.

Destination Imagination is an educational nonprofit dedicated to teaching students the skills needed to succeed in school, their careers and beyond.

Students work in teams to research, design and build a solution to their preferred challenge. The areas of focus for the challenges this year include technical, scientific, fine arts, improvisational, structural and service learning.

In solving a challenge, participants learn the creative process that helps them to assess problems, reflect on their progress, learn from failures, and turn their original ideas into reality. A noncompetitive Early Learning Challenge allows younger participants to build social and problem solving skills.

The tournament was divided into two components, a six-minute Instant Challenge and a Central Challenge that takes two to three months of planning and building that is presented during the tournament.

A challenge for team Swagalicious Six was to create a vehicle that would travel 40 times across the stage during an eight-minute skit. The vehicle needed to have two different propulsion systems and two different movement methods.

The team spent a lot of time doing research, including paying a visit to Arch Automotive where they were allowed to explore a replica of a NASCAR race car and learned about what it takes to get a vehicle moving.

Teams Cayman Kids of Kindness and Possible Num Nums took on a service learning challenge where they identified a need in the community they could help with.

Cayman Kids of Kindness held a book drive aimed at improving literacy in the Cayman Islands. The collected books were distributed to the Cayman Islands Hospital pediatric ward, the Frances Bodden Girls Home, and the Meals on Wheels after-school program. The Possible Num Nums held a talent show that featured parents, students and even pets to raise money for the Cayman Islands Humane Society.

“It was wonderful to see how [the students’] communication, cooperation, creativity and team work improved over the past year,” said CIS Teacher and Destination Imagination affiliate growth director Krista Finch.

All teams are eligible for the Global Finals Tournament in Knoxville, Tennessee, May 24 to 28 to represent Cayman on a world stage, and five will be going: Swagalicious Six, Cayman Kids of Kindness, Possible Num Numbs, and the Energy Bunnies from Cayman International School, and Triple C’s team, Kinection.