EE Oliver students qualify for National competition
Six EE Oliver Elementary School students are headed to Surrey, BC on April 7 for Destination ImagiNation’s (DI) National Tournament. The group of grade 3, 5 and 6 students “Wonder World” placed first for their challenge project on Top Secret at the DI tournament held in Grande Prairie on March 18, 2017. A total of four teams from EE Oliver Elementary School attended the tournament in Grande Prairie. EEO students have competed in this Provincial DI tournament for 5 years.
Andrea Shaw, team leader and Peace River School Division (PRSD) educator explains DI as an exceptional organization that fosters teamwork and creativity. “Destination ImagiNation is a non-profit organization that provides educational programs centered on teamwork, creativity and problem solving” says Shaw. “Students are given open ended challenges to work on that help develop skills to work effectively as a team, to creatively express and allow for each student’s unique abilities to shine and mesh within the group.”
Four teams from EE Oliver Elementary School, Pokemon Go, Glitter Force, Vanished into Thin Air and Wonder World, have been working on their challenges since October and presented their work at the tournament in Grande Prairie. Each challenge follows set criteria and has components of engineering, research and fine arts. During the tournament, the teams have eight minutes to present their challenge.
When students were asked how DI has helped them they were quick to respond. “DI helps me to use my mind to build things.” We learn to use teamwork.” “DI is about making new friends and meeting new people.” “We practice working on a team.” “DI is where you learn to use your creativity.” “It is where you make sure NOBODY is left out.”
“We are so proud of the all the students that competed in Grande Prairie and are thrilled to have EE Oliver Elementary School represented at the Surrey, BC Tournament,” says Shaw, “The students have worked hard on their challenge project and have really come together as a team. It is amazing to see how much they have grown.”
The students along with their parents have reached their fundraising goal to attend the global tournament in Surrey on April 8. “The support we have received from our community has been fantastic and is very much appreciated,” said one parent. The cost for each student to attend the tournament is about $1050.
Shaw highly recommends the program and extends the invitation for those interested in more information to contact her at shawA@prsd.ab.ca
Photo L to R:
Amanda Perkins, Reece Stensrud, Lily Comeau, Hailey Graham, Arianna Wald. Missing from the photo is one team member, Andrea