Hilltop Elementary School's “Furious Five” placed 8th in the world at
the DestiNation Imagination Global Finals during Memorial Day weekend
at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. They also placed 3rd in the
Instant Challenge portion of the competition. It's the first time a
Beachwood team has placed in the top 10.
Beachwood’s team of five
elementary students comprises Abbey Brewer, Olivia Adelman, Gaby
Rodriguez, Robby Creed and Lily Steiger. They are the only team from a
nine-county Northeast Ohio region that qualified for Destination
Imagination’s Global Competition.
The 8th place finish was out of
44 teams in their elementary division and Challenge (Triple Take Road
Show). The team qualified for the global competition by finishing first
at the state tournament in April. They also placing first at the
regional tournament held at Beachwood High School in March.
ImagiNation (DI) is a non-profit organization that provides educational
programs for students to learn and experience creativity, teamwork and
problem solving. Each year, more than 100,000 students in the US and in
more than 30 countries participate. Student teams are asked to solve
open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. Teams
are tested to think on their feet, work together and devise original
solutions that satisfy the requirements of the challenges.
Beachwood teams of elementary and middle school students competed this
year under the guidance and leadership of Shelly Lewis, a 5th grade
teacher at Hilltop. All teams met at least once a week throughout the
school year to select and solve their central challenge, and to do
“instant challenges,” in which they are given a problem and have 5
minutes to solve it.
The central challenge selected by Beachwood's
"Furious Five" was called “Triple Take Road Show.” For this challenge,
students were asked to pretend to be a traveling road show that performs
in front of three different fictitious audiences. The challenge
required them to use a different story telling style for each audience,
to depict their travel methods to get between the audiences, and to
incorporate a “technical spectacle” that uses some element of science.
“Furious Five” worked very hard throughout the year to come up with
their solution, and decided to put a heavy emphasis on word-play,
creative writing, and out-of-the box thinking as they came up with their
solution. Their solution depicted a traveling cooking show whose goal
was to help their audiences eat healthier. Through the use of dry ice
and dish soap, they were able to create a fantastic technical spectacle
to mimic a pot of water boiling over. All set pieces were constructed,
designed, and decorated completely by the students.
departed for the competition on May 24 from an all-school send-off
assembly, during which Beachwood Mayor Merle S. Gorden presented the
team with an official proclamation.