Destination Imagination (DI) develops critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills through DI “Challenges,” published in September. Teams collaborate for several months to develop unique challenge solutions, which are then showcased at a regional competition.

A team of local students chose to simultaneously solve the Scientific and Fine Arts challenges this year. This team advanced to DI Global Finals in Kansas City, MO, and won first place in both challenge categories. They were also honored with a special award for exceptional engineering in their solution. 17,000 people attended the Global Finals competition, with teams from 48 states and 15 countries around the world.

This local team developed an eight-minute play that depicted the four stages of gambling addiction. Their solution included a casino set that gradually transformed from colorful to black and white, a functional electro-mechanical slot machine, and a large animated face and brain that illustrated the medical effects of addiction. The team built these props using electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, and a lot of creativity. Learn more at