“Friends School DI Stars” is doing the fine arts challenge for the second year. It is a group of seven 4th graders at Friends who are working together to “solve a challenge”, in their case, writing and performing a mystery story with 3 possible endings set in a historical time period. One clue to solving the mystery must be a “Techniclue”, meaning basically “science” broadly defined. The group did some research and chose the historical setting of the California gold rush in 1849. They hope to use the Maker Space to design and build their scenery, props and “Techniclue”. The tournament is February 27. All ideas and implementation must be done by the kids with no interference from adults. The iteration process has already begun– yesterday one team member experimented with materials to make gold panning equipment. Another designed a river and riverbed, two started making (fake) gold nuggets, and a trio worked on creating a tent.
The Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process.