The Elementary Destination Imagination (DI) team from Alicia R. Chacon International School won 1st place at the regional DI competition recently held at Eastlake High School.
Destination Imagination is a global creative problem-solving organization that prepares kindergarten to high school students for college, career and life through 21st century thinking and learning principles.
More than 145 teams and about 28 districts from El Paso County participated in the day-long event. Teams competed in academic challenges in the fields of technical, science, fine arts, improvisation, engineering and service learning.
Students took part in two challenges: a central challenge, which they have been working on months prior to competition, and an instant challenge, which is spontaneous and they learn about on day of the contest.
Participants solve challenges by generating ideas with team members through research, exploration and presentation of solutions.
The Alicia R. Chacon School opened its doors in 1995 as a dual language program for kinder to 2nd grade. As the years passed, the school gradually added grade levels until reaching its current kinder through 8th enrollment.
The team will now represent the area in the state competition held at Corpus Christi, later this year.