Grand Lake Elementary students participate in creative thinking contest
March 29, 2009
Three Grand Lake teams, comprised of students preschool through fifth grade, participated in the Destination ImagiNation regional event. One team came out in the top three.
During a March 21 competition at Alameda High School in Lakewood, the “Grand Lake Fog Frogs,” a team of fifth graders, competed against 15 teams and took third. Team members placed eight points behind the second place finisher, qualifying them for the state challenge on April 18 at the Auraria Higher Education Center in downtown Denver.
Led by parents and former Grand Lake Elementary School principal and fellow parent Terry Sidell, the groups were sponsored by the Grand Lake Elementary Parent Advisory Committee and Grand Lake Plumbing.
Destination ImagiNation is a community-based nonprofit educational organization that teaches young people from kindergarten through university nationwide “the critical and creative thinking skills needed for success in the 21st Century,” according to the ImagiNation Web site http://www.idodi.org.
Challenges teach students the “processes of creative problem solving and teamwork.” Up to seven participants work together as a team for several months to create challenge solutions, which can have a theatrical, structural, improvisational, scientific or technical focus.
The Grand Lake Fog Frogs ” Max Leman, Christopher Cox, Alissa Brown, Haley Olson, Kiffer Hedgecock, Damien Kern and Jesse Sidell ” selected a scene from the book “Peter Pan” by J.M. Barrie.
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Grand Lake students who participated in two other teams are: (The Grand Lake Hidden Worlds) Dahlia Byles, Peyton Olson, Cheyenne Jacobs, Rowan Kern, and (The DI Peace Team) Austin Brown, Cody Brown, Grace Little, Cassie Leman and Payton Phillips.