🧬Destination Imagination Regional Tournament part.2🧬

   Hey guys I’m back with part two of my DI reflection. So if you’ve read part one to this long rant then you know the basis of what the whole series is. If you haven’t, I’d highly suggest going back and reading the first post. Anyhow let’s dive right back in where I left off!

  The next steps in producing our solution were the creation of the storyline, symptomatic, and team choice elements. Also just realizing that i have yet to mention the team choice elements. Basically the TCE’s are two elements of our presentation that are worth up to thirty points each. We needed to be creative and original with our elements so that we could reach the most amount of points. Anyway, carrying on. We assigned a teammate to an individual portion of the solution based off of their personal abilities. Myself loving literature and writing creative stories took control of the storyline and script. I was basically in charge of writing the story and transforming it into a script for myself and the three other characters to read off of. As the days turned into weeks and so on, our solution grew from rocky and small minded, to a huge canvas filled with ample opportunity. Along with the canvas came our team. I have been observing m team dynamic since day one and I have seen it grow so much. We have so many ways of communicating with one another, so many ways of giving open suggestions, and ways of assigning each other tasks without any conflict about who is doing the most. I am so happy to have seen my team grow as a whole and continue growing even after the lower mainland regional tournament!

  The regional tournament. Exciting. Exhausting. Exhilarating. Just a few ways of describing my feelings during the final moments before our presentation. The regional tournament is one of three tournaments that take place annually. After regionals come provencials, and if you qualify in the top two at provincials you have the opportunity to go to globals. It’s amazing to think that all over the world, people my age, younger, and older are competing for the same goal. It’s really amazing! Last Saturday was the British Columbia Lower Mainland Regional Tournament hosted by Seycove Secondary School and it was awesome. My school, the one I see roughly 194 days of the year was filled to what felt like maximum capacity with students of all ages from a ton of different schools all piling up in the holding rooms for each challenge. It was insane. As my team prepared for our presentation we could feel the time pressure closing in on us as we came from hours to minutes away from our performance. We entered the audience filled room in which we would present to see our peers, parents, and teachers all cheering us on. The adrenaline rush mixed with insane butterflies was like mixing oil and water, IT DOES NOT MIX! Anyhow, once we got out there, set up, and started performing I felt way more comfortable despite the audience and appraisers watching our every move. Once we finished we had the appraisers ask us questions about our presentation and all the little parts. I basically just going to cover what we did to obtain a full and awesome challenge solution.

 The first step in our goal was choosing a team name. After at least a week of debate we decided on “Humerus” for reasons that will make sense in a minute. The next steps towards success were deciding on our disease and doing all the research necessary. We chose a mental disorder caused by severe brain damage such as aneurysms, hemorrhages, strokes, and seizures located in the brain’s frontal lobe. The disorder causes a drastic change in behaviour resulting in extreme aggression, becoming irritable, lower levels of patience, childish attitude, and the most definitive, thinking you are the absolute funniest person on earth whilst making bad jokes, puns, and riddles. Let’s not forget the telling of not so funny stories at inappropriate times. The disorder, Witzelsucht, was discovered in Germany and is a family new but rare disorder. The next steps were writing the script and making our symptomatic. As previously mentioned,  I wrote the entire script and directed the skit. While I was busy with that my teammate Finn built the symptomatic and programmed a computer to diagnose our patient with voice activation and lighting. Angelo coded a heart monitor and used his newfound knowledge of how these machines work to make it super realistic, something the appraisers loved. We had a soundtrack made by Rhiann and a backdrop built by Kira. We built props to enhance our scene and rehearsed several times. Finally we felt prepared for regionals which doesn’t help my case of anxiety that happens to have taken place less than ten seconds before we presented!

 The final portion that went into our raw scores was the instant challenge. What? Ya its sounds confusing when you’ve just read two posts about the long and painful two months of preparation for the challenge. The instant challenge is a mini event that contributes to our final score. A part of DI is he privacy and confidentiality agreement. All participants had to sign a form swearing us to secrecy with everything instant challenge related. I can not talk about the actual experience but I can reflect on the experience with myself. Our IC performance really opened my eyes to how much room for improvement there really is. Whe we did practice IC’s my group would tend to be on the better end of things but once I saw the scores I understood that we really need to step up our teamwork and communication skills in high pressure situations. I know that sounds super cliche but it’s true. I bet that if we’d scored higher in the IC we could’ve done better overall. Moving on!


  Finally, the time had come. Hours after my presentation, the awards ceremony started. Once again it had been hours so I had been pondering the thoughts of what could happen during the ceremony over many games of Uno with my peers. Once the time had come, the appraisers had made their decision. “Second place goes to, Seycove Secondary’s Humerus!” It took about three seconds for it to sink in. As soon as I had realized that we had placed (which I did not expect) myself and my group mates all jumped up and bounced our way to the front to receive our ribbons. I was sort of dazed at that point and I couldn’t keep a straight head because of the overwhelming shock. I’m not afraid to say it, we deserved that second place. We did so well and I am so proud and excited for provincials. Although there is always room for improvement and to quote my teachers, “It’s the first attempt at learning,” I think that this was the best first attempt I’ve had all year.

See you guys after provincials

        Ciara ✌️

💭Destination Imagination Regional Tournament💭

  It has been exactly 60 days since my classmates and I started our latest maker project, Destination Imagination. So what in the world is DI? Good question. Destination Imagination is a project based competition in which teams of all ages, genders, and nationalities compete for the 1st place medal in their category. DI consists of six challenge categories five of which PLP takes part in. This being my first year of high school is also my first time participating in DI and I have to say, it is exhausting. When I say that I really mean it. We started working on our challenge sixty days ago and are still making changes and improvements. Believe me I have stayed up late, worked in school past the bell, worked on weekends, and gone to school early in order to succeed. But just because something is exhausting doesn’t mean it’s necessarily something I hate. If I’m being honest, during those times where I was doing work at early or late hours I did kind of hate it but the experience as a whole has taught me some valuable lessons about teamwork, communication, and work ethic. Anyway, enough ranting let’s get to it.

  Let’s go back in time, sixty days, January 14th 2019. On this date I received the list of people I would be working with for the next two months. Not only that but I also learned which of the five challenges I would be completing. I bet you’re wondering which challenge and who my teammates are. Before I say I need to go back about one week farther. We walked into our maker classroom and previewed the challenge rules for each category. The categories are; Technical: On Target, Engineering: Monster Effects, Artistic: Game On, Improvisational: Head’s Up, and finally Scientific: Medical Mystery. After taking a little look at each challenge we were sent a google form in which we would give the reasoning behind wanting a specific challenge. My top three choices were; Scientific, Engineering, and Improv. Guess what, lucky me I was placed in the Scientific group with my teammates, Kira, Rhiann, Finn, Angelo, and Kaden. As a result we started the process off with a, wait for it…..FLOP!


  So that was an interesting way to end a paragraph am I right. Well here is why I like to describe it like that. In our challenge rules and guidelines it clearly states that there are three main elements to our central challenge. They are; The Story, The Symptomatic, and the Double Vision. There is also a small intro paragraph telling us what exactly we’d be doing. So what is that? Basically, we had to find a disease, disorder, injury, or mental illness that we as a group were curious about. After we’d chosen one we needed to do a ton of research on the symptoms, transmission/cause, treatment, historical significance, and basic description of the disorder. Once we had done all of our necessary research we moved on through different stages that our teachers had set up stages including recognize, imagine, and initiate & collaborate. After getting through those stages which really just helped us map out or plan for the solution, we got right into building, writing, coding, and rehearsing. Hold up. What do i mean by writing and rehearsing. Our main goal for the challenge was to create a story set in any time and place in which a human character is affected by the chosen disorder. With that we had to build a self operating symptomatic that would help to represent the anatomy and symptoms of the disorder and of course, integrate it into the plot. Finally we had to bring a scene with double vision to life with staging and blocking. So that is basically the lay out for the project, so why the flop?



  When we first started, our group dynamic just wasn’t working out how we’d hoped. We were constantly arguing over the ways to complete things most effectively. Not only that but we also had a strange method of doing tasks. We would basically conquer and divide to get things done evenly. Evenly? Basically we would fan out everything that had to be done and would give out “even” amounts of work to everyone without even acknowledging each other’s strengths and weaknesses. All these factors caused us to have a particularly rough start. Although that seem bad, especially for a competition, it opened up our eyes and lead us down new roads to a better finish. I gave us the understanding of what didn’t work in our group and helped us avoid bumps in the road caused by the same factors.

  Anyway, I’ve now realized that there is sooooooo much more to write about that i anticipated and it is going to take two, maybe three posts. See you in my next post!

                            Ciara ✌️