Results: 40 NH teams advance to Destination Imagination Global Finals in May

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1st Place, Southern New Hampshire University SNHU White and the Seven Dwarves Manchester 3-Peat, Improvisational Challenge.

BEDFORD, NH – Almost 300 New Hampshire teams started the year in choosing one of six STEAM-based challenges to be appraised on creativity, problem-solving and collaboration. Now, after several rounds of competition, the top 40New Hampshire Destination Imagination teams have been chosen to advance andcompete with teams from over 20 countries and nearly every state atDestination Imagination Global Finalsin Knoxville, TN.

Over 150,000 students across the U.S., Canada and around the world are competing, with the top-scoring teams in each Challenge and age group advancing to the global academic tournament.

“These teams have worked on solutions to open-ended challenges in science, technology, engineering, the arts, math (STEAM) or service learning for almost five months,” according to NH Destination Imagination executive director Anna Maenhout. A differentiator for “D.I.” is that they have to solve the challenge: develop the ideas, grow collaboration skills, develop the timeline and budget all by themselves without interference from adults or friends.”

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. 3M, Ford, Oracle Academy, PCG Educationand others sponsor the largest educational event of its type,” according to Wayne Kurtzman, volunteer media relations director. “Beyond technology, communications, collaboration and creativity skills developed by students in Destination Imagination translate to every industry – and are needed by big businesses, startups and entrepreneurs alike.

The following teams have qualified to attend Destination Imagination Global Finals at the University of Tennessee from May 25-28:

Listed below by Organization/Team Name/Town/Challenge/Level Number

BedfordDI/ Bedford/Vanished!/Fine Arts Challenge/Middle 130-32657

Bedford DI/Bedford/Vanished!/Fine Arts Challenge/Secondary 130-10811

Bedford DI/Bedford 3-Peat/Improvisational Challenge/Middle 130-08706

Bedford DI/Mind Blowers/Bedford In It Together/Engineering Challenge/ Elementary130-51742

Bedford DI 5 Friends 1 Thought/Bedford/Ready, Willing & Fable Service Learning Challenge/ Elementary 130-73234

Berlin School/Berlin Top Secret/Scientific Challenge/Secondary 130-71082

Mascoma Valley Regional HS/Canaan/ Ready Willing & Fable Service Learning Challenge/Secondary 130-07836

Chesterfield School/Mad Mustaches/Chesterfield/Show & Tech/Technical Challenge/ Elementary 130-54986

Pinkerton Academy/Derry/Show & Tech/Technical Challenge/Secondary 130-18076

Lincoln Street School/The World Wonders/Exeter/Ready, Willing & Fable Service Learning Challenge/Elementary 130-91444

Ellis School/Electrifying Ellis Eagles/Fremont/In It Together/Engineering Challenge/ Middle 130-39949

Gilmanton School/Spaghetti and the Meatballs/Gilmanton/Show & Tech Technical Challenge/ Middle 130-83309

Mountain View Middle School/ SECRET/ Goffstown/Top Secret Scientific Challenge/ Middle 130-16919

Goffstown High School/Agents of Imagination/Goffstown/Top Secret Scientific Challenge/ Secondary 130-65284

GRS Cooperative/The 7 Pixel People/Gorham Top Secret Scientific Challenge/ Elementary 130-66448

Hampstead Academy/Elkejabni/HampsteadIn It Together Engineering Challenge/Middle 130-71499

Hopkinton DINegative Points/Hopkinton/In It Together Engineering Challenge/ Secondary 130-50051

KHS Dancing Squirrels/Keene/Vanished! Fine Arts Challenge/ Secondary 130-67588

Project EXTRA Laconia Middle School/The Elements/ Laconia/Show & Tech Technical Challenge/Middle 130-55332

Litchfield Destination Imagination D’Imaginators/Litchfield/ Show & Tech Technical Challenge/Elementary 130-31538

Litchfield Destination Imagination The Musical Electricians/Litchfield/Show & Tech Technical Challenge/ Middle 130-85138

Lakeway Elementary School Maniacs/Littleton/Ready, Willing & Fable Service Learning Challenge/ Elementary 130-80820

Londonderry DI/Londonderry/Show & Tech Technical Challenge/Secondary 130-62558

Londonderry DI/ Five Guys/Londonderry 3-Peat/Improvisational Challenge/Secondary 130-02772

Southern New Hampshire University/SNHU White and the Seven Dwarves/Manchester 3-Peat/Improvisational Challenge/University 130-14964

Inter-Lakes/The Destroyers/Meredith 3-Peat/Improvisational Challenge/Elementary 130-46380

Milford DI Milford Middle School DI/Milford/Ready, Willing & Fable Service Learning Challenge/Middle 130-25324

Milford DI/Project Empowerment/Milford/Ready, Willing & Fable Service Learning Challenge/Secondary 130-28163

Academy for Science and Design/The S E A L S/Nashua/Top Secret Scientific Challenge/Middle 130-57553

Main Dunstable Elementary School/The InvisiBlobs/Nashua Vanished! ,Fine Arts Challenge Elementary 130-74643

Academy for Science and Design/Magnificent 7/Nashua 3-Peat/Improvisational Challenge/Middle 130-28914

New Boston Central School/The Insquishibles/New Boston/Top Secret Scientific Challenge/Elementary 130-49647

Project Promise Afterschool Program/Gnome ADS/New Hampton/3-Peat Improvisational Challenge/Elementary 130-98923

Boynton Middle School/The Mellow Yellow Magicians/New Ipswich/Vanished! Fine Arts Challenge/Middle 130-85415

Highbridge Hill Elementary/New Ipswich/In It Together Engineering Challenge/ Elementary 130-70224

Shaker Regional/Omega/Shaker Regional/3-Peat Improvisational Challenge/Secondary 130-35581

Strafford School/Smarticle Particles/Strafford/Top Secret Scientific Challenge/Elementary 130-96690

Monadnock Regional High School/Swanzey/Show & Tech Technical Challenge/ Secondary 130-08589

Monadnock Regional Middle High School/Swanzey/3-Peat Improvisational Challenge/ Secondary 130-59987

Thornton Central School/Magical Mishmoshers/Thornton/Vanished! Fine Arts Challenge/ Elementary 130-41102

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