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JMU Destination Imagination Team Brings Home the Gold

PHOTO: DI Team

In its biggest competitive year ever, JMU Destination Imagination (JMU DI) took five teams to the 2013 Destination Imagination Global Finals competition in Knoxville, TN.

JMU DI teams took first place (gold) in both the "In the Zone" and “PO: Real to Reel” challenges, and third place (bronze) in the "In Disguise” and “Wind Visible” challenges. Students in the “Twist-O-Rama” challenge team won 4th place in the Global Finals finish.

Applying fields of study from science and engineering to Shakespearian prose and theater arts, JMU DI students learn techniques of creative problem solving and team communications within the context of a class entitled “Advanced Communication and Creative Problem Solving in Multidisciplinary Teams” offered through Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT 280), Engineering (ENGR 280) and Speech Communications (SCOM 318).  Students come from the full range of JMU academic programs including: Physics, Computer Science, ISAT, Engineering and Industrial Design to Theater & Dance, IDLS, Philosophy & Religion, Pre-Law, Music, and Justice Studies with participation at all academic levels from freshmen to seniors.

Over 1250 elementary, middle school, high school and university level teams from 42 states and 14 countries made the 2013 Destination Imagination Global Finals – the largest celebration and competition of creativity and problem-solving skills of its kind.

Destination Imagination is a competitive, team program that requires students from around the world to use creativity and innovation to solve a variety of “challenges.”  These challenges cross a wide range of areas including technical, mechanical, structural and architectural design, theatrical, literary and fine arts, scientific exploration and improvisation.  Teams work together over an extended period of time to develop their creative problem solving skills, research problem solutions and develop imaginative methods to present their independently developed problem solutions to an audience and panel of judges.

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