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LaRue Miller Destination Imagination Team Advances to Globals!

The Miller Elementary Destination Team,  DI-nomyte DINOS, Advances to Destination Imagination's Global Finals, the Largest Celebration of Creativity in the World!

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Midlothian, TX  April 17, 2017 -- After achieving honors for creativity, teamwork and innovation in regional and state academic tournaments, the DI-nomyte DINOS have earned the right to compete in Destination Imagination's Global Finals, the world’s largest celebration of student creativity, to be held May 24-27 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Team members include Caden, Ada, Sophie, Kaleigh, and Silas, who are all third graders at LaRue Miller Elementary School.

They will compete with other teams in the Project Outreach, Service Learning Challenge: Ready, Willing, and Fable, one of seven, open-ended Challenges that require students to apply science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, in addition to their talents in improvisation, theater arts, writing, project management, communication, innovation, teamwork, community service and social entrepreneurship.

"The DINOS have worked so hard for this. They set goals in the beginning and have surpassed every single one.  From the coin drive that raised nearly $2,000 for water filter systems in rural Bolivia to holding project briefings and performing for multiple venues, this project has had a huge impact on the team, our community and our world,” said Casey Nelson, Team Manager of the DI-nomyte DINOS.  “They have overcome their fears, learned to collaborate, and have truly made everyone in our community proud,” said Kim Moss, Team Manager.

"The best part of DI this year was saving lives and learning that with teamwork, we can do anything," said Sophie, a student on the team.

Destination Imagination (DI) has had a positive impact on more than 1.5 students who have taken part in its acclaimed academic program. This year, 150,000 students have participated in tournaments throughout the U.S. and 30 countries in hopes of earning a spot at the Global Finals competition in May.

The DI-nomyte DINOS team is among more than 8,000 students representing more than 1,400 teams that will advance to Global Finals 2017.

“The Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity,” said Chuck Cadle, CEO of Destination Imagination. “Collaborative problem solving, risk taking, project management and thinking on your feet are just a few of the important skills learned in our program.”

Destination Imagination is a leader in project-based learning opportunities that blend STEM education with the arts and social entrepreneurship. Its academic Challenges are student-directed and are designed to teach kids how to think, not what to think. Teams who participate have the opportunity to present their solutions at regional and state tournaments.

Each year, DI competitions begin with a regional tournament, where team solutions are assessed by a panel of trained Appraisers, ranging from educators to artists to engineers. Each team solution is scored on a variety of elements, including originality, workmanship, presentation and teamwork. Teams with the highest scores advance to the Affiliate (state or country) Tournaments. The top-tiered teams from the Affiliate Tournaments advance to Global Finals.

Destination Imagination, Inc. dedicates itself to enriching the global community by providing opportunities for learners of all ages to explore and discover using the creative process from imagination to innovation.

For more information about Global Finals, visit http://globalfinals.org/.

About Destination Imagination

Destination Imagination, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-led non-profit organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. The organization is a leader in project-based learning experiences, where student work together in teams to solve open-ended STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and service learning Challenges and then present their solutions at tournaments. Founded in 1982, Destination Imagination has impacted more than 1.5 million students. To learn more, please visit http://destinationimagination.org.