H Squared Advances to Destination Imagination’s Global Finals

After achieving honors for creativity, teamwork and innovation in regional and state academic tournaments, H Squared has earned the right to compete in Destination Imagination’s Global Finals, the world’s largest celebration of student creativity, to be held May 23-26 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Team members include Old Rochester students Brett Rood, Maggie Farrell, Ben Lafrance, Kelsea Kidney and Patrick O’Neil

H Squared worked on the Fine Arts Challenge “Change of Tune.” To solve the challenge, the team wrote a musical, creating the music and lyrics themselves. In addition, they had to include a Technical Set Change (spinning flowers) and a Spectacle (a flying puppet).

The team came in first at both their Regional Tournament in Dennis Yarmouth on March 10 and the State Tournament held at Worcester Polytech on March 24. At the Regional Tournament, the team received a Renaissance Award for Outstanding Design, Engineering, Execution, and Performance.

In addition to preparing for their Global Competition the team, the team will be fundraising to help offset the $1500 cost per team member. This includes registration fees, travel, and shipping their entire set to Knoxville, TN. The team created a fundraising donation page at You Caring, www.youcaring.com/bloomsvilleglobalstour-1155079, and on May 19from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, they will hold a Car Wash at the Mattapoisett Firehouse.

Destination Imagination (DI) has had a positive impact on more than two million students who have taken part in its acclaimed academic program. This year, more than 150,000 students have participated in tournaments throughout the U.S., as well as 30 countries, in hopes of earning a spot at the Global Finals competition in May.

H Squared is among the 8,000 students representing more than 1,400 teams that have advanced to participate in Global Finals 2018.

Destination Imagination is a leader in project-based learning opportunities that blend STEM education with the arts and social entrepreneurship. Its academic challenges are student-directed and are designed to teach kids howto think, not whatto think. Teams who participate have the opportunity to present their solutions at regional and state tournaments.

Destination Imagination dedicates itself to enriching the global community by providing opportunities for learners of all ages to explore and discover using the creative process from imagination to innovation.

For more information about Global Finals, visit http://globalfinals.org/.

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