Katy Texas News
Posted April 5, 2011
The Funky Foilinators team from Griffin Elementary finished in third place at the State Destination ImagiNation (DI) tournament in Lubbock, Texas. The students will now compete at the Global Tournament in Knoxville, Tenn. in May.
The team impressed judges with their teamwork and structure they created from wood, glue and foil which held 725 pounds without breaking. The team also won compliments from the judges for their creativity with props and costumes.
Every year, 100,000 students from across the United States and over 30 other countries participate in DI. This year Katy schools sent nine teams from six schools to state.Â This educational activity requires teams drawn from grades 1 â€“ 12 to solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. Students are tested to think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions.
â€œWe were proud of both our teams who represented Griffin with true DI spirit,â€ says Nancy Hess, challenge teacher at Griffin Elementary. â€œThe teams worked for several months perfecting their solutions to the challenge and did an outstanding job on their performances. This is the first time we have qualified to send teams to the state tournament. Our team managers really worked hard preparing the students for their performances. Our Griffin students were outstanding. At school we encourage creativity, teamwork and perseverance. Months of hard work and fun have led to an amazing DI result.â€
Griffin sent two teams to the state tournament. The RaDIcal Rescuers also did a fantastic job and won sixth place medals for their outstanding performance in both the team challenge and the instant challenge.
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