A team of Grade 3 students (Zoë B., Vanessa C., Sophie F., Lisa M., and Chloe N.) formed the team Fire Lilies and represented York House School, British Columbia and Canada at the 2013 Destination ImagiNation Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee. This is the first time we’ve had a junior team joining our senior team at the Global Finals.
The team competed in a challenge called “In The Zone”, which is comprised of two parts: a project that they had been preparing a solution for since January 2013; and an instant challenge where they are given a problem on the spot with seven minutes to prepare and present a solution.
The Fire Lilies‘ project required them to figure out a way to build ten small vehicles using three different power sources. The team ended up building vehicles powered by air, wind-up and gravity. The vehicles have to travel specific distances in order to score points. As part of their project, the team also created and presented a story about two cars that collided into each other as a result of a driver driving and texting on a cell phone. Ambulances and polices were called to the scene but it was to no avail. At the end, a strong car (with plenty of muscles) and his whiny car-wife saved the day. To illustrate the story, the Fire Lilies built a double-sided backdrop with the scenery of Downtown Vancouver and Surrey, costumes using card boxes and paper bags, and created original accompanying music and choreography.
The team demonstrated exceptional teamwork and problem-solving skills in their instant challenge where they were given seven minutes to stop the water from overflowing in a barrel.
The Fire Lilies tied for 41st place out of 76 teams that competed in their level – a great accomplishment as they competed against Grade 3-5 students from around the world, and this is their first year participating in the tournaments.
Destination ImagiNation is an international educational program where student teams solve open-ended Challenges using life skills such as time management, collaboration, conflict resolution, and creative and critical thinking. To qualify for Global Finals, the Fire Lilies won first place in the BC provincial tournament. This year there was over 1,200 teams and over 15,000 people participate in the Global Finals from all over the world.
Ann & Stella