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Students Get Creative At DestiNation Imagination Global Competition

Fifty-four Maharishi School Students showcased their creativity at the Destination ImagiNation Iowa and Global Competitions. At the Iowa competition, ten Maharishi School teams participated, earning 2 third place finishes, 2 second place finishes, the Renaissance Award for design creativity and engineering, and 6 first place teams who progressed to the Global Competition, in Knoxville, TN. At the DI Global Competition, Maharishi School teams competed against 1031 teams from around the world, placing 5th, 13th, 18th, 24th, 39th, and 53rd.

The Destination ImagiNation Global competition brings together 16,000 students and adult volunteers from across all states and more than 38 countries for teams to showcase their solutions to complex problems.

Destination ImagiNation, the world’s largest creativity and problem solving organization, inspires participants to build lifelong skills in creative and critical thinking, teamwork, time management and problem solving. Scores are comprised of points for a long-term problem-solving challenge, which students have worked on for months without adult assistance, and an instant challenge, which they must solve within minutes.

Eric Caplan, graduating senior, has competed in the DI program for nine years, attended the global competition six times, earning one second place and one fifth place finish internationally. "What I've gained most from DI is the ability to listen to others' ideas. That's an invaluable skill for effective teamwork," explains Caplan. "I've been on teams with some amazing people. Each member of my team this year was outstanding in his field. Because of the communication skills we've developed, we created a whole product that incorporates the best that each individual has to offer. It's one thing to have talent, but another thing to be able to use it with other talented people." Caplan plans to compete at the university level in 2011.

Mark Wilkins, who has organized the DI program at Maharishi School for five years, said, "These kids are amazing. Over the years I have watched a large variety of kids learn to work together and appreciate each other as they take on the challenge of problem solving. Their creativity and passion has been a constant inspiration to me. I see kids go from seeing things as a problems to seeing things as a challenge. Because at Global Finals I see children from all over the world learning to work in teams and and solve challenges, it has given me faith that the world will be a better place."

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