GROTON -- Two teams from the Groton-Dunstable area will take part in an innovative competition where they will present creative solutions to a number of mind-bending STEAM-based challenges on May 22-25.

After months of preparation, winning regional competitions, and placing in the top three in state competitions, these teams were invited to compete with teams from over 15 different countries at the Destination Imagination Global Finals.

Destination Imagination is a project-based educational program that encourages innovation, teamwork and creative problem solving skills.

Students choose one of seven different open-ended challenges and work in teams to plan, create and present their solution.

Team Unununium will compete in the Service Learning Challenge. For this challenge, students designed and carried out a service project that addressed a real need in their community. They then, through a creative performance, presented what they did and learned for the judges.

The Bilge Busters took on the Engineering Challenge. For this challenge, students needed to present a performance where a structure was revealed that was as light as possible, but could hold as much weight as possible. After the second weight was place onto the structure, a special effect was triggered.

"Global Finals is a unique experience to compare your skills with the top critical thinkers and innovators from around the world" said Deb June, parent of a student from the Bilge Busters.


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"DI helps with a lot of things outside of DI. I can't wait for Global Finals were I will not only get to explore Kansas City, but make long lasting memories," said Bilge Busters team member Jacob Elibero.

If you would like to learn more about how you could participate in Destination Imagination, come to our Instant Challenge night for grade 2-8 on April 26 at 7 p.m. at the Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School located at 344 Main Street in Groton. Grades 2-4 will meet in the Middle School South Cafeteria and grade 5-8 will meet in the pit.

Team members hope to raise funds over the next several weeks to help send them to the Global Finals in Kansas City. If you have any questions or would like to join The Groton Dunstable Education Foundation, Filo's and the Blackbird Café in support of these teams, please contact Kathleen McKenzie, team manager of the Bilge Busters at kmckenzie360@gmail.com.