The Destination Imagination (D.I.) Regional Tournament took place Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Oak Ridge High School. Approximately 197 teams participated, with 162 of the teams being from Conroe ISD. Nineteen Conroe ISD teams advanced to the D.I. State Tournament, which will be held April 1-2 in Anna, Texas.
“We’re so proud of the hard work put in by all participants in developing solutions to the Destination Imagination Challenges which integrate the core content areas with music, drama, art, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills,” stated Chris Reichelt, Conroe ISD Gifted Programs Specialist. “The application of these skills will benefit them throughout their academic career.”
Schools with teams advancing to State:
Academy of Science and Technology – 5 teams
Collins Intermediate – 2 teams
Cox Intermediate – 1 team
David Elementary – 1 team
Grangerland Intermediate – 1 team
Knox JHS – 3 teams
Mitchell Intermediate – 2 teams
Tough Elementary – 3 teams
Vogel Intermediate – 1 team
D.I. is an extraordinary, extracurricular competition where student teams, grades kindergarten through 12, solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at competitive tournaments. D.I. has a high alignment with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Additionally, the program is in more than 30 countries, and every year more than 150,000 students across the U.S. participate. In Texas alone, the program reaches over 20,000 students annually.
Texas is divided into 16 D.I. Regions. Teams work from September until early spring to solve their challenge. Teams then take their solution to a regional tournament to be appraised. In May, state tournament winners will attend Global Finals held annually at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.