Green Bay, Wis. — Thousands of students, teachers and parents are expected on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus Saturday, April 13, 2019, for the 2019 Destination Imagination (DI) Wisconsin Affiliate Tournament.
About 300 student teams, with members ranging in age from 8 to 18, will be competing. Wisconsin Destination Imagination has 10 regions total, and the top teams in those regional competitions have advanced to the April 13 competition. The top two teams from Saturday will advance to the world competition in Kansas City, MO in late-May.
There are three levels of competition: elementary, middle and secondary (high school). Teams have a team challenge (worth 75% of their final score) and an instant challenge (worth 25% of their final score). Many teams have been working on the challenges for months. Challenges begin at 8 a.m. and run approximately every 20 minutes. Drop-off and registration begin at 6:30 a.m. in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall (MAC) and the Kress Events Center. Competition will take place from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with locations varying depending on the type of competition. Events and highlights:
The public and participants are welcome to visit the Creativity Expo in the Dick Bennett Gym of the Kress Evens Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regional organizations, artisans and university groups present a variety of hands-on exhibits for members to continue in the creative process! Opportunities to learn, have fun and engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), problem-solving, creativity and performance are all at the exhibit.
Surf & Turf is an “open-gym” type of experience and will be held in the Turf Room at the Kress Events Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for DI contestants and guests.
The Challenge Extreme Competition will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Kress Events Center’s Arena. The award ceremony will take place from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Kress Center Arena.
Destination Imagination (DI) is a non-profit, volunteer-led, cause-driven organization. Its purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Annually, DI offers seven new standards-based Challenges in STEM, Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning and Early Learning. Each Challenge is open-ended and enables student teams to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation. Academic tournaments take place around the world where teams have the opportunity to present their solutions to trained appraisers. Students have fun and gain confidence in their ability to solve any challenge. In working to solve the Challenges, teams learn 21st century skills (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship and courage) to build on their unique strengths.
About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, Division I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.