Chrysalis Teams Excel in Destination ImagiNation Regionals

Destination ImagiNation (DI) is a creative problem solving program that allows students in grades K-University to work on teams of five to seven people to solve both long term and short term challenges. DI promotes creative thinking and team work in students from more than 30 countries.

This past weekend, three DI teams from Chrysalis competed in the Montana NW Regional Competition to earn the chance to compete in state tournament slated for March 24 in Manhattan, Montana.

“Disciples of Murphy’s Law” competed in Challenge B: The Solar Stage. This team was required to research solar energy and create a skit and solar powered prototype, which is integrated into their long term skit. “Disciples” presented a skit about a group of children stranded at sea when their boat motor is broken and there is no wind to power their sails. Instead they rely on their creativity and intuition to use one of the children’s propeller beanies to capture the power of the sun and power their boat to get home in time for dinner.

“Blooper Troopers,” competed in Challenge C: Coming Attractions. This team was required to create a four-minute movie trailer featuring a special effect and sound track for their long term solution. “Troopers” presented their movie trailer featuring Mexican singers who visit America, only to be offered the chance to stay and become famous singers. Will the singers stay and pursue fame, or return to Mexico?

“Steel Wooly Mammoths,” competed in Challenge D: News to Me. This team was required to bring six current news articles and integrate one of them chosen randomly on the spot – with only a few minutes to work as team before performing. They were also required to integrate a problem they are only given one minute before they must present their long term solution. “Mammoths” provided a headline about the price of oil possibly impacting the price of gasoline, while the DI headline was about a boy marrying his dog to ward off tiger attacks. The one-minute problem was that they were in the back of a garbage truck. Turns out the price of oil was causing unrest so the government let tigers out to make quiet those protesting, so the boy married his dog, in order to be better protected from the tigers.

All teams who participate in the tournament also perform an Instant Challenge, which is a secret challenge until after Global Finals are held in May 2012. This is because all teams in the program for each challenge and at the same level are given the same Instant Challenge. Instant Challenges are three- to five-minute challenges that force teams to work together, think on their feet and solve a problem quickly.

All three Chrysalis teams scored well in both their Long Term and Instant Challenge. With some practice and tweaking of props, backdrops, and lines all three teams will all be ready to compete at state.

We’re so very proud of what our Chrysalis DI teams have accomplished. The months of hard work, researching, team building, and script writing have come to fruition. And they did everything all by themselves. No adults are allowed to help. Way to go, Chrysalis DI teams!