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By Laura Shovan and Laura Shovan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 24, 2002
A band of seven children is taking over the world. Youths from Clemens Crossing Elementary School in Columbia are attacking continents, oceans, asteroid caves - even a space station. Although it sounds as if they are playing a computer game, their task is far more complex. They recently performed a game of their design at the Maryland Destination ImagiNation Festival of Creativity. Destination ImagiNation (DI), an international competition, promotes creative problem solving. The nonprofit group creates five new "challenges" each September.
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By Stephanie A. Flores-Koulish and Janell Lewis | May 9, 2013
It's Teacher Appreciation Week, the standardized testing season has mostly ended in the public schools this year - and what have we learned? Parents have learned that their first-graders are developing test anxiety. Teachers have learned that they need to tell parents to accept the fact that these high-stakes tests are not going anywhere. But perhaps most importantly, some of us have learned that some of the best kind of learning happens after school, or once the testing demands have passed.
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By Artika Rangan and Artika Rangan,SUN STAFF | June 6, 2004
Eight teams of Harford County pupils faced stiff competition at the world finals of the Destination ImagiNation program - a creativity and problem-solving challenge for youth - in Knoxville, Tenn., last weekend. Ring Factory Elementary School's "Cartoon Dimension" team competed against 75 other elementary school teams and won second place, the highest achievement by any team in Harford County. Bel Air Middle School's "Destinations in Time" placed 14th out of 54 teams in its level and was awarded the Renaissance Award for "outstanding spirit, teamwork, volunteerism and sportsmanship."
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March 23, 2013
I was happy to see that Bond Mill Elementary has advanced to the state finals of DestinationImagination, according to Sarah Toth's article in your edition of March 21.  Bond Mill was a worthy competitor when our kids were in Odyssey of the Mind (OM), a similar program, and I see that that school is still at it. Our family was heavily involved in OM for a dozen years in the '80s and '90s.  For months each year our house was littered with art materials, tools and balsa wood.  Our teams were fortunate to get to the World Competition three times, representing Glenarden Woods Elementary, Kenmoore Middle and Eleanor Roosevelt High.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2012
Seven students from the private GreenMount School in Charles Village will travel Tuesday to Knoxville, Tenn., to compete in an international problem-solving competition. The team – dubbed Soul Seven – participates in Destination Imagination, a program that presents challenges to students, from kindergarten through college, and judges their solutions on effectiveness and creativity. The competition has six categories: technical, scientific, fine arts, improvisational, structural and community service.
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March 6, 2003
For two months, 10-year-old Jonathan Odachowski has been hard at work building a robot. His teammate, Jesse Schwarz, also 10, has written a song. And the five other members of the Disco Ducks Destination Imagination team - Richard Gil, Kelsey Littlejohn, Ryen Seaman, Zachary Neil and Colton O'Donoghue - have contributed time and effort. The team of third-, fourth- and fifth-graders from West Friendship Elementary School worked steadily to create a live-action game for the Destination Imagination Regional Tournament, scheduled Saturday at Dulaney High School in Timonium.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 1, 2003
A team from Ring Factory Elementary School placed third in the worldwide competition at the annual Destination ImagiNation tournament held last week at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Destination Imagination is a nonprofit educational organization that works with schools to stimulate creativity, problem-solving and teamwork. Students participating in the program range from kindergartner to university level. As part of their competition, the seven members of Ring Factory Elementary School Once Improv A Time team were required to write a story with a lesson to be learned, make their own props and costumes using only newspaper and tape, and act out the play.
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April 8, 2004
West Friendship Elementary School pupils put their problem-solving skills to use to win a challenge in the DestiNation Imagination North Central Regional Tournament on March 13 at Loch Raven High School. Participating teams from Baltimore and Howard County elementary and middle schools also included Clemens Crossing Elementary and independent teams made up of pupils from several Howard middle schools, said Jennifer Hays, DestiNation Imagination coordinator for West Friendship. West Friendship Elementary fielded three elementary-level teams of third- through fifth-graders; each accepted a different challenge.
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By Stephanie A. Flores-Koulish and Janell Lewis | May 9, 2013
It's Teacher Appreciation Week, the standardized testing season has mostly ended in the public schools this year - and what have we learned? Parents have learned that their first-graders are developing test anxiety. Teachers have learned that they need to tell parents to accept the fact that these high-stakes tests are not going anywhere. But perhaps most importantly, some of us have learned that some of the best kind of learning happens after school, or once the testing demands have passed.
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By Fay Lande | July 9, 2003
Clemens Crossing Elementary School's "Change in Direction" Destination ImagiNation team competed in the program's Global Finals tournament at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, May 21-24. The fourth- and fifth-graders tied for 19th place out of a field of 48 teams competing to solve the "Change in Direction" problem at the elementary level. The problem required them to build a product, then transport, dismantle and rebuild it into something else. The children chose to transport a camera on a little electric cart they called a "spyangle" and then rebuilt it into a working hovercraft, said parent Marion Billek.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2012
Seven students from the private GreenMount School in Charles Village will travel Tuesday to Knoxville, Tenn., to compete in an international problem-solving competition. The team – dubbed Soul Seven – participates in Destination Imagination, a program that presents challenges to students, from kindergarten through college, and judges their solutions on effectiveness and creativity. The competition has six categories: technical, scientific, fine arts, improvisational, structural and community service.
NEWS
By Artika Rangan and Artika Rangan,SUN STAFF | June 6, 2004
Eight teams of Harford County pupils faced stiff competition at the world finals of the Destination ImagiNation program - a creativity and problem-solving challenge for youth - in Knoxville, Tenn., last weekend. Ring Factory Elementary School's "Cartoon Dimension" team competed against 75 other elementary school teams and won second place, the highest achievement by any team in Harford County. Bel Air Middle School's "Destinations in Time" placed 14th out of 54 teams in its level and was awarded the Renaissance Award for "outstanding spirit, teamwork, volunteerism and sportsmanship."
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April 8, 2004
West Friendship Elementary School pupils put their problem-solving skills to use to win a challenge in the DestiNation Imagination North Central Regional Tournament on March 13 at Loch Raven High School. Participating teams from Baltimore and Howard County elementary and middle schools also included Clemens Crossing Elementary and independent teams made up of pupils from several Howard middle schools, said Jennifer Hays, DestiNation Imagination coordinator for West Friendship. West Friendship Elementary fielded three elementary-level teams of third- through fifth-graders; each accepted a different challenge.
NEWS
By Fay Lande | July 9, 2003
Clemens Crossing Elementary School's "Change in Direction" Destination ImagiNation team competed in the program's Global Finals tournament at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, May 21-24. The fourth- and fifth-graders tied for 19th place out of a field of 48 teams competing to solve the "Change in Direction" problem at the elementary level. The problem required them to build a product, then transport, dismantle and rebuild it into something else. The children chose to transport a camera on a little electric cart they called a "spyangle" and then rebuilt it into a working hovercraft, said parent Marion Billek.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 1, 2003
A team from Ring Factory Elementary School placed third in the worldwide competition at the annual Destination ImagiNation tournament held last week at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Destination Imagination is a nonprofit educational organization that works with schools to stimulate creativity, problem-solving and teamwork. Students participating in the program range from kindergartner to university level. As part of their competition, the seven members of Ring Factory Elementary School Once Improv A Time team were required to write a story with a lesson to be learned, make their own props and costumes using only newspaper and tape, and act out the play.
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | May 18, 2003
At Ring Factory Elementary School the thinking process doesn't end with the afternoon dismissal announcement. For more than a dozen pupils, the most challenging part of the day is just beginning. They are participants in Destination ImagiNation, an educational and global competition program designed to stimulate creative problem-solving in teams of students ranging from kindergarten to the university level. Two teams at Ring Factory Elementary and two from Bel Air Middle School will be leaving this week to participate in the worldwide competition Wednesday through Saturday at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
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By Nancy Gallant and Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 18, 2000
TWO WEST COUNTY schools are celebrating state championships in the Maryland Destination Imagination program. An outgrowth of the Odyssey of the Mind competition, Destination Imagination offers schoolchildren a chance to explore learning in new, creative "outside the box" ways. For months, teams of children have been meeting after school and on weekends, preparing responses to unusual challenges. Hundreds of teams from around the state competed, first at the local level, then in regional events.
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March 23, 2013
I was happy to see that Bond Mill Elementary has advanced to the state finals of DestinationImagination, according to Sarah Toth's article in your edition of March 21.  Bond Mill was a worthy competitor when our kids were in Odyssey of the Mind (OM), a similar program, and I see that that school is still at it. Our family was heavily involved in OM for a dozen years in the '80s and '90s.  For months each year our house was littered with art materials, tools and balsa wood.  Our teams were fortunate to get to the World Competition three times, representing Glenarden Woods Elementary, Kenmoore Middle and Eleanor Roosevelt High.
NEWS
March 6, 2003
For two months, 10-year-old Jonathan Odachowski has been hard at work building a robot. His teammate, Jesse Schwarz, also 10, has written a song. And the five other members of the Disco Ducks Destination Imagination team - Richard Gil, Kelsey Littlejohn, Ryen Seaman, Zachary Neil and Colton O'Donoghue - have contributed time and effort. The team of third-, fourth- and fifth-graders from West Friendship Elementary School worked steadily to create a live-action game for the Destination Imagination Regional Tournament, scheduled Saturday at Dulaney High School in Timonium.
NEWS
By Laura Shovan and Laura Shovan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 24, 2002
A band of seven children is taking over the world. Youths from Clemens Crossing Elementary School in Columbia are attacking continents, oceans, asteroid caves - even a space station. Although it sounds as if they are playing a computer game, their task is far more complex. They recently performed a game of their design at the Maryland Destination ImagiNation Festival of Creativity. Destination ImagiNation (DI), an international competition, promotes creative problem solving. The nonprofit group creates five new "challenges" each September.
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