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Survey on the Shifting of Students' Perception of STEM
In an effort to learn how students perceive STEM careers, Destination Imagination has partnered with National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) and the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity and Educational Research Center of America (ERCA) on a research project that will focus on how high school students perceive STEM Careers.
Montana DI is encouraging high school educators to register to receive the results package. Here’s what you need to do:
Start A Team Kits
MTDI will be holding a Team Manager training on Saturday, November 8, from 9AM - Noon at Fire Station #3 in Bozeman. This training will cover how to approach solving the Central Challenge, basic tips for solving Instant Challenges, what is Interference, and how to access online training resources. Even if you are still considering forming a team you should attend the training.
Destination Imagination helps students develop and use their imaginations to improve our world. We do this by producing fun and engaging challenges designed to teach the creative process from imagination to innovation.
It is becoming increasingly apparent that students need the skills of creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration (the 4 C's)to succeed in today's world. Many of these skills are not learned from textbooks and worksheets. This is where Destination Imagination can play a role in their education.
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science." Einstein
Check out the MTDI Facebook page for pictures of the Montana Teams at Global Finals. Over 1400 teams attended the 2014 Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee this year. The Manhattan Christian Magnificent Microbes elementary Going to Extremes team took 3rd place. The Irving Smartateers elementary Pandemonium team placed 14th. Bozeman High School's Pandemonium team The Unqualified Tributes were 37th place out of 63 teams and the Big Fork Ti-Rangles middle level Tension Builds team placed 48th out of 89 teams.
Eleven teams took 1st place at the Montana Affiliate finals. Four Montana teams from Bigfork, Manhattan and Bozeman will be heading to Knoxville, Tennessee the week of May 20-24, to compete with over 1300 teams from around the globe for top honors. To learn more about Global Finals and follow our teams during the week-long event, check out the Global Finals website.
Students are currently being assessed with the new Smarter Balanced test. All of these tests are done on the computer. While the students do not seem to have any problem adjusting to this new format, the tests still are draining mentally and physically.
The Affiliate Tournament is just around the corner. As your team does its final rehearsals have them consider some of the following in terms of the scores on the subjective elements of their solution or what they should do in a Performance Based Instant Challenge.
Appraisers like performances in which a clean beginning, middle, and end in the performance clearly presents the required elements. This will score higher than one with lots of unexplained confusion. Sometimes less is more.
Unless the team is really good at setting up the situation, subtlety is lost on appraisers. Regardless of how well you pointed out a scored element on the Tournament Data Form, if the appraisers don’t see it/ hear it during the performance, the team will miss out on valuable points.
The object of the Destination Imagination competition is to have teams select challenges from the six challenges offered this year and compare their creative solutions at a tournament event. Once the team selects the challenge and begins discussing ideas, it takes ownership of the solution. All the ideas, all the materials, all the construction, all the script/song writing, all the performance is the product of the team members. The unique beauty of DI is that the kids have to do it all.
We need creative and critical thinkers. To help students develop these skills it is important to value the sharing of good ideas. Too often classrooms focus more on proficiency and outcome based learning that generating good ideas to form creative solutions.
It is important for students to learn how to:
To integrate these into a classroom it is suggested that teachers: