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EAMS wins big at Destination ImagiNation state competition

Apr 12th, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page, News

A team of students from Elizabethtown Area Middle School recently placed first at the Pennsylvania Destination ImaginNation tournament qualifying them for the global finals to be held in Knoxville, TN later this spring. The team, known as Do or DI, included seventh graders Gabriel Hurst, Erin Mickievicz, Simon Munyan, Aparna Paul, Emily Reiner, and Emily VanderMey.

Destination ImagiNation is the largest creative problem-solving organization in the world. It is designed to develop problem solving skills, teamwork, and creative thinking skills. Each year, teams may select one of five challenges to work on and create a solution. The Do or DI team chose the Structural and Architectural Design challenge. All the challenges are designed to be open-ended and multidisciplinary and meet national education standards.

At state competition, the team’s central charge was to build a structure made of only wood and glue to see how much weight it could hold. Additionally, the team needed to prepare and perform a short skit centered on their design. Remarkably, Do or DI’s creation weighed only 47 grams and held 805 pounds or what amounts to a small horse.

At the global finals, which will be held May 22 through May 26, Do or DI will compete against teams from 46 states and 24 foreign countries. To prepare for the competition, the students are currently refining their production, as well as building and testing new structures that will hold more weight. The team is also working to raise about $8,000 to cover the costs of their trip. For questions about the Destination ImagiNation program and general support, contact Mike Sernoffsky by email at and/or visit the DI website at

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