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Creative thinking

Modified: Monday, Mar 25th, 2013

Local Destination Imagination team, from left, Max Klump, Cai Fleming, Erin Watanabe, Tina Watanabe, facilitator, and Erin Gustafson, earned first-place and second-place honors during a regional competition held earlier this month. The group goes on to compete at the state level in April. (courtesy photo)

A new club for local children, started in November, has already brought accolades to its members. Affiliated with Destination Imagination, an international program, the club of fourth- and fifth-graders meets each week to face “instant challenges,” problems that must be solved within a few minutes.

“The challenge might be task-based, like building a structure or making something work, or it could be performance-based, such as a skit or a way to present something,” said Team Manager Tina Watanabe, who facilitates each weekly meeting.

By participating, the children hone their collaborative, time management, critical- and creative-thinking skills while exploring science, technology, engineering, math and the arts.

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