A team of eighth-graders from Woodland School in Ladera will compete in the Destination Imagination global tournament in May after earning first place in the state competition on Saturday, April 2.
Two other Woodland teams, both made up of sixth-graders, competed in the state tournament on Saturday. Another team of four Woodland fourth- and fifth-graders will compete in a "Future Problem Solvers" event April 16 and 17.
Destination Imagination is an international competition with students from third grade through university level solving open-ended challenges in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math, fine arts and service learning.
Future Problem Solver teams research topics in depth and explore their social, political, economic, and technological implications. Teams then brainstorm and explore the various challenges posed by each topic and detail and evaluate potential solutions.
In the Future Problem Solvers' competition, the team of fourth-graders Aneesh Tiwari and Cooper McCreary and fifth-graders Grant Mackenzie and Sam Johnson will compete at the state level on the theme of "Recovering from a Natural Disaster."
Destinaion Imagination team members are:
Sixth grade: Brynn Brady, Trevor Kaskade, Kayla George, Stefan Minkowski and Riley Minkowski, coached by Amy Shaw; and Brindha Ramanathan, Beatrice Rienhoff. Anja Linkwitz, Rohan Aggarwa and Nick McKee, coached by Meena Tahiliani and Patrick McKee. (Sixth-grader Truman Reynolds also participated in the tournament on an outside team, coached by his mother, which placed first in the structural division.)
Eighth grade: Samik Mathur, Paige Briggs, Alexa Brown, Nate George, Kyle Lespade, Evan DiMarco and Dominic Mattiello, coached by Debbie and Richard Mattiello.
Both programs are optional after-school activities.