Murray Students Head to Destination ImagiNation Globals

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Presenting the State trophy to V.L. Murray Principal Mark Green are team members,(pictured left to right) Jeffrey Dodson, Evan Swett, Lucy Coulson, Juliet Kingsley, Avery Jordan, Landon Smith and Kevin Kiester.  Team Managers are Jessica Kingsley and Debbie Smith.
Presenting the State trophy to V.L. Murray Principal Mark Green are team members,(pictured left to right) Jeffrey Dodson, Evan Swett, Lucy Coulson, Juliet Kingsley, Avery Jordan, Landon Smith and Kevin Kiester. Team Managers are Jessica Kingsley and Debbie Smith.

A team of V.L. Murray fifth graders will represent the Commonwealth of Virginia at the Destination ImagiNation Globals Finals in May.

At Global Finals, held at the University of Tennessee, 14,000 participants on 1,000 teams from the U.S. and more than 30 countries will showcase their creative solutions to Destination ImagiNation Challenges.

Destination ImagiNation is an exhilarating educational program, offered primarily in after-school settings, in which students work in teams to solve mind-bending challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. Through the eight-month program, students learn and experience creativity, teamwork and problem solving. All work to solve the challenge is completed independently and in addition to daily school requirements.

To earn their spot at the Globals Finals, the V.L. Murray team, known as the D.I. Duckies, tackled a three-part Scientific Challenge. The team researched energy cycles in the natural or physical world, developed and presented a three-part circular story that demonstrated their knowledge of the chosen energy cycle, and created a DIcycler that changed in appearance as the circular story progressed.

The team placed first at the Jefferson Region DI tournament in March and placed second at the Virginia State tournament in April. Both events were conducted at Western Albemarle High School.  This is the second straight year that the team has advanced to Globals.