Six Keller area fourth-graders will put their ingenuity to the test this week against teams from around the world at the Destination Imagination Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn.
The Keller Gloobenaubs—a made up word to describe the group’s unique members— will compete in the “Going to Extremes” Challenge, which combines science and engineering with storytelling and theatre.
What is “Going to Extremes?”
“It’s where you have to choose an extreme environment, and you have to explore that environment, and you have to come up with gear to help you survive,” said Lindy Lyda, a fourth grader from Keller who attends E.A. Young Academy in North Richland Hills.
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Once teams come up with their environment and gear, they must tell and act out a story of survival. The Gloobenaubs chose the center of the earth.
Danny Zedicher, a student at Florence Elementary School, gets trapped in their journey to the center of the earth, and the rest of the team must help him survive in the extreme heat while they figure out how to rescue him.
In depicting the environment, the team came up with some imaginative props, including the “Gloobenaub suit” made from radiant barrier material and the “flip-flop backdrop” that switches the scene from Nebraska to the center of the earth with the pulling of a few strings.
Although this is the team’s first trip to Globals, it is the third year the group has participated in Destination Imagination, a competition that encourages students to use STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills along with arts and innovation to solve problems.
“I like Destination Imagination because you have a wonderful team, for one, and two because you get to use a lot of creativity.” said Kristin Gerety, a Florence fourth-grader.
Cadie Johnson, an E.A. Young Academy student agreed. “I like how you can let your imagination flow, and you don’t have to hold back your creativity when you’re in a team.”
Other team members are Lindsey Lenning and Noah Steely, both Florence Elementary students.
Cadie’s mom, June Johnson, also the team manager, said she likes the emphasis on kids doing all parts of the project on their own.
“I love that it is creative problem solving for these kids,” June Johnson said. “The school curriculum doesn’t have a lot of time for them to think outside the box.”