Thirteen School District 71 teams participated in the Destination Imagination (DI) Provincial Tournament 7 April at Johnston Heights Secondary School in Surrey and came home with very impressive finishes.

SD71 students took three provincial championship titles and seven other finishes in the top three at this year’s tournament showcasing once again their skill and talent.

Valley Teams returned to dominate the Improvisation Challenge taking the top three places at the secondary and middle school level. At the Secondary School Level, Vanier successfully secured the Provincial Championship followed by Mark R. Isfeld Secondary in second place.

In the Fine Arts Challenge, teams were faced with the challenge to write and perform a musical. Ecole Puntledge Park Elementary successfully secured second in the elementary level division, while Highland finished third at the secondary level.

In the Scientific Challenge, Highland Secondary finished second at the Middle Level, while Isfeld and Puntledge students, in a combined team, took the Provincial Championship.

Highland took the Provincial Championship in the final challenge in engineering, edging out Vanier whofinished second. Navigate NIDES and Lake Trail Middle School rounded out the district teams and showed outstanding growth, development, and success.

Ecole Puntledge Park entered the event with their team, Punteledge Robots.

In total, 95 teams from British Columbia and the Yukon displayed their skills in critical and creative thinking, innovation, collaboration, communication, and problem solving.

Gerald Fussell, Lake Trail principal and DI British Columbia Board President, explains that although teams placing in the top three at the provincial tournament do qualify to attend the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee in May, not all from SD71 will choose to go.

“Each year, hundreds of teams begin the DI journey, but many don’t have the strength and resilience to make it as far as the Provincial Tournament. Being successful takes a lot of work, commitment and skill. We are very fortunate to be in a district that supports this program as it is very expensive to get to and participate in the different tournaments,” expressed Fussell. “Our students do well and learn many skills to help them become successful in the dynamic world they are entering. Right now we have four teams working hard to raise enough funds to participate in the Global Finals. I hope they are successful because I know, from past experiences, that those who go will represent our community well.”

DI is an educational experience based on project-based STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) challenges that apply the creative process to develop the core competencies. There are seven different challenge types – Technical, Scientific, Engineering, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Service Learning, and Early Learning – each created to provide the student teams the opportunity to stretch their
creativity, learn to collaborate, practice critical thinking skills, and develop communication skills. It is the world’s foremost non-profit event dedicated to providing today’s learners with the tools necessary to succeed in school and beyond.

Challenge training begins at the start of the school year. Each year, around the globe more than 150,000 students participate in 31 countries. At the Global Finals 1,200 teams from 23 countries will be represented.

SD71 Provincial Team participants include:

  • G.P. Vanier Secondary – Destination Improvisation, Alligator Space Invadors, Emotional
    Cabbage, ChikaDI, and Team Chance;
  • Ecole Puntledge Park Elementary – The Puntledge Robots;
  • Highland Secondary – 2% Milky Way, Spilled Beans and Pa1Function;
  • Mark R Isfeld – Flash of Brilliance (a combined team with Puntledge); Cheshire
  • Lake Trail Middle School – DImented Turtles; and
  • Navigate (NIDES) – Karate Carrots.