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Six Destination ImagiNation teams prepare for tournaments

Archuleta School District sponsors six co-curricular Destination ImagiNation teams this school year.

One elementary team, three middle level teams and two high school teams are busy preparing for the competitive season.

The school district supports these teams through the Colorado State Tournament in Denver, but these motivated students are raising money for their travel expenses later in the spring.

DI students are selling Butter Braids pastries and planning their second annual Box and Ball Indoor Soccer Tournament. The public can support this school program by watching some spirited soccer action at the middle school gyms on Saturday, Feb. 11, enjoying homemade concessions, buying chocolate Valentine’s roses, and bidding on numerous Silent Auction items. Valuable silent auction donations can be previewed at

Destination ImagiNation is an academic activity that teaches collaborative team work and innovative problem solving. Teams of up to seven students practice after school and are guided by volunteer adult managers. The managers may not interfere with the creative processes that teams use to build solutions to their chosen Central Challenges. These motivated students practice many Instant Challenges, in addition to their Central Challenges, in preparation for the southwest Colorado Regional Tournament on Saturday, March 24, at Durango High School.

“News to Me” is the 2012 Improvisational Challenge. One Pagosa team chose the extremely perplexing task of performing extemporaneously and demonstrating their knowledge of news stories and cause and effect relationships. They use no props, only “cooperative human” scenery and props to weave together two unrelated news stories.

Three Pagosa teams chose this year’s Scientific Challenge, “The Solar Stage.” They create and present a theatrical performance about solar energy in the past, present, and even the future. Each “Solar Stage” team builds a solar energy prototype and designs theatrical lighting for special effects. Half of their performances will take place in the dark, with only lighting designed by the students.

“Coming Attractions,” the Fine Arts Challenge, asks students to write and perform a movie trailer involving characters from at least two nations. One Pagosa team chose this Central Challenge which includes a cinematic special effect. They write and perform an original soundtrack during their movie trailer.

This year’s Structural Challenge is “Hold It!” One team will build a wood and glue structure, weighing no more than 50 grams, that will hold weight in the form of golf balls. The golf balls are delivered, one at a time, to the structure by a delivery device made by the team. The golf ball weight delivery and placement must be integrated into their story performed on tournament day.

Destination ImagiNation students represent our Pagosa educational community in unique and important ways. Pagosa can support them on two upcoming Saturdays. The Box and Ball Soccer Tournament raises funds on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Pagosa Springs Middle School gyms. Pagosa’s six amazing DI teams compete at the Regional Tournament on Saturday, March 24, at Durango High School.

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