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PLP Takes on Destination Imagination!

This year we started a new program in our Maker Time class: Destination Imagination. This program provides fun and engaging challenges as part of a system of learning to teach creativity, the creative process, and interpersonal and management skills to help students reach their highest potential. We were excited to launch it in our school!

Apex Practicing an Instant Challenge
Apex Practicing an Instant Challenge
Navig8 Practicing an Instant Challenge
Navig8 Practicing an Instant Challenge

Destination Imagination has two parts: an instant challenge and a team challenge. Both of these are key components that teams compete in at regional and provincial tournaments. Then, the top teams are invited to compete at the global tournament held in Knoxville, Tennessee.

We began with having Joan Vyner, Director of Destination Imagination BC, come in to the Maker classes and lead an Instant Challenge, as well as give an overview of the challenges.

Students then picked a challenge to work on and teams got to work! Every Maker Time class, we pushed teams to compete in instant challenges, and complete plans for their team challenge.

The hard work paid off as students entered the regional competition in Burnaby on February 27, 2016. Competing at the Middle level was our four teams from Navig8, and at the Secondary level our four teams from Apex competed.

We were very pleased with the students’ performances at the regional competition. Five teams finished in the top three of their competition categories and three teams placed first overall in the Instant Challenge category.

Navig8 student, Quinn Helgason, of Seycove 7 gets ready to present at Provincials!
Navig8 student, Quinn Helgason, of Seycove 7 gets ready to present at Provincials!

Of special note was the Seycove 7 middle level team: Sofia Bergman, Mimi Zanker, Quinn Helgason, Spencer Laube, Lucas Ospino, Calum Owen, and James Seed who won the prestigious DaVinci Award at the tournament for outstanding creativity in their challenge solution.

Also the Camo Flock: Anatolia Floe, Michael Fourie, Nolan Carey, Mike Crema, Gabrielle Rossignol, and Jacob Goodman, took first place in the scientific category at the secondary level AND won their Instant Challenge category.

Seycove 7 shows off their Provincial Tournament winnings!
Seycove 7 shows off their Provincial Tournament winnings!

Both Seycove 7 and Camo Flock went forward and competed at the provincial tournaments with Seycove 7 coming in second in their category and Camo Flock coming in first in the province for their category.

We could not be more proud of ALL the PLP students who worked so hard on their challenge solutions. Well done!

Apex Heads to Seattle!

Apex students had a great field study in Seattle from September 18 to 19, 2015. You can see some more of the photos below.

Apex student Zak Rook interviews one of the creators of Titanboa for his podcast.

This field study’s goals were twofold: get some practice at podcasting (our skill for Apex) and check out the Seattle Mini Maker Faire to get some inspiration!

Along the way, we also got to check out the Star Wars costume exhibit at the EMP and take in the new movie, “Everest” (students read the book Into Thin Air last year in FLIGHT).

Apex students, Gabi Rossignol, Anatolia Floe, and Marley Harman try a Mini Maker Faire challenge!


Of course, we also had some good food and great singing on the bus! Looking forward to taking this group to Victoria next month!