DI Michigan Hosts Its First-Ever Detroit Tournament

By: Tina Shaffer

This past weekend, more than 100 students showcased their solutions to one of seven different Destination Imagination Challenges at the first-ever Detroit tournament at Western International High School in Southwest Detroit. Over the last several years, the Michigan Creativity Association has worked with members of the Detroit Public Schools Administration and the Detroit Mathematics and Science Center to develop a citywide Destination Imagination tournament for students in the district. In the past, teams from Detroit’s first DI program at Maybury Elementary had to travel quite a distance from the city to compete at the Regional Tournament.

“Bringing DI to the city has allowed many families to participate in the DI experience,” said Amanda Engel, Region 8 Tournament Co-Director. “Our local students from Southwest Detroit had a huge following of friends and family who came out to support them on tournament day. It was a true community feel.”

In addition to showcasing their Team Challenges and participating in Instant Challenge, teams had the opportunity to take part in a special Tech Workshop. The event also featured a special exhibition with experienced teams where first-year teams could see Team Challenge solutions from veteran DI students and ask them questions.

“Three experienced DI teams from the Detroit suburbs and mid-Michigan showcased their DI solutions on the auditorium stage immediately before the awards ceremony to provide brand new DI Detroit teams with the opportunity to network with and learn from experienced students,” said Ted Grossnickle, Michigan Creativity Association Affiliate Director. “These teams encouraged students to come on stage and ask questions, look at their scenery and props up-close, and make new friends that they will see at DI events for years to come.”

Alycia Meriweather, Detroit Public Schools Interim Superintendent, and Stacie Smith, DPS Office of Science Instructional Specialist, attended the inaugural DI Detroit Tournament and shared their enthusiasm of hands-on STEAM learning through Destination Imagination and it being essential to students’ lives.

To learn more about Destination Imagination Michigan, visit their website at www.micreativity.org.