After winning honors for creativity, teamwork and problem solving in regional and state tournaments, ‘Saphistikashun’ and ‘Unknown Error’ have both earned the right to travel to Destination Imagination’s Global Finals, the largest creative thinking and problem solving competition in the world, to be held May 21-24 in Knoxville, TN.
Team members for Saphistikashun – representing Massachusetts for “Laugh Art Loud” senior level (sophomores) – are Rikard Bodin, Kyle Rood, Sara Lafrance, Ed Krawczyk, Maddie Meyers, and Will Lynch. The members of Unknown Error – representing Massachusetts for “Laugh Art Loud” Middle School Level (7th and 8th Grade) – are Ben Lafrance, Brett Rood, Michael Stack, Kelsea Kidney, Pat O’Neil, Maggie Farrell and Matthew Carvalho. The Team Managers for both teams are Tina Rood and Kerry Bulman.
Unknown Error and Saphistikashun are among more than 8,000 students representing more than 1,250 teams that will advance to Global Finals. Both teams competed at the Cape Cod Regional Tournament on March 16 and each team received a Renaissance Award for creativity, design and engineering, within their solution. They competed and won at the state tournament held on March 29 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Destination Imagination is an educational program where student teams are immersed in the creative process needed to solve open-ended challenges, and then present their solutions at regional and state tournaments. Teams choose one of seven, open-ended challenges that require young people to apply science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), in addition to improvisation, theater arts, writing, project management, communication, innovation, teamwork, and community service.
These Tri-Town teams are working together over the next six weeks to raise the money towards the $15,000 it will cost the 13 team members and their managers to compete at Global Finals. They are raising funds online at www.youcaring.com and search ORR Destination Imagination.
We thank Uncle Jon’s in Marion, Lloyd’s in Rochester, and Stop & Shop in Fairhaven for allowing the kids to stand out front and ask customers for their support.
Scheduled fundraising events include:
-April 26 and May 10: Car Washes at the Mattapoisett Fire House; and
-Letter writing campaign: If you would like to support the team, you can send a check to Tina Rood or Kerry Bulman at 101 Williams Way, Rochester, MA 02770.