Thursday, April 26, 2012

Maharishi School Wins Big at DestiNation ImagNation Competition

Maharishi School has a long history of successfully competing and winning at DestiNation ImagiNation competitions. The school's entryway and assembly hall are lined with trophies and banners highlighting the school's awards.

On April 14, six of the school's eight teams "qualified for the international competition which will take place at the University of Tennessee Knoxville campus May 23-26," according to Maharishi School's "School News" blog article.
"The high school level girls’ team was honored with a special “Renaissance Award” for “outstanding skill in the areas of design, engineering, execution or performance.” The last time appraisers bestowed a Renaissance Award was in 2010 - to the same team. Two members of that team, Avery Travis and Leanna Miller were recognized for designing the Iowa state DI logo design for 2012: a shield emblazoned with the words “IOWA: Legendary Creativity” and decorated with mythical beasts."

The competitions, in which there can be no adult involvement, include both "instant challenge" competitions and long-term projects for competition. Levels of competition are elementary, middle school, and high school.

Mark Wilkins is the coordinator of Maharishi School's DI program. A full accounting of winners is listed in the "School News" article "Problem Solvers Especially Creative at State DestiNation ImagiNation Competition."

Below is a YouTube video about Maharishi School and its DestiNation ImagiNation program. It contains talks with the participants, the school's DI coordinator, parents, and shots from international competition.


Copyright 2012 by Thomas L. Kepler, all rights reserved
Information and group photo from the Maharishi School webpage


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