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After winning the state Destination Imagination competition, some brilliant East Dallas students from Lakewood Elementary, Casa View Elementary and a high school hybrid team of Woodrow Wilson, Booker T. Washington and Science and Engineering Magnet students will join top-tiered Destination Imagination teams from around the globe in Kansas City, Mo. to compete in a global contest of creativity May 21-24.

Hosted at the Kansas City Convention Center, the weeklong finals event is the “ultimate culminating tournament for Destination Imagination’s Challenge Experience,” according to a Dallas ISD spokesperson.

DI is a non-profit, volunteer-led, cause-driven organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. The program encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the arts and service learning.

“Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas and the collaborative problem solving process,” according to literature from the nonprofit. Teams showcase their solutions at a tournament, and the best ones are going to Globals.

In fact, six Dallas ISD teams earned a spot to compete in the Globals, finishing in the top of their challenge solution at the state competition.

Here’s a fun video that shows what this “completely kid-driven” competition is like:

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