Global Finals 2014

12 Jun

Thanks to the Knoxville Photo Booth Company, you can now view, download and print your photo booth pictures from Global Finals 2014! Click the link that corresponds with the day you took your photo and then enter that specific date as the password. For example, if you took your photo on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, you would enter 05/20/2014 as the password. Enjoy!

• Tuesday, May 20:
• Wednesday, May 21:
• Thursday, May 22:
25 May

We would like to give a huge, heartfelt thanks to 3M for their continued support throughout the Destination Imagination season and at Global finals 2014. Teams from around the world visited the 3M Duct Tape Playground to make crafts out of their favorite 3M duct tape colors and patterns, as well as participate in the tape-by-numbers mural to help make gigantic duct tape artwork. This year’s 3M Duct Tape Playground also included a bus, where DI-ers and families worked together to cover it completely in duct tape. They also helped put together hundreds of school supplies kits, which will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Knoxville after Global Finals.

At this year’s 3M Explore the Uncharted event, participants explored the tropical depths of a simulated rainforest and encountered mini Challenges along the way. DI-ers headed to an anaconda-infested waterfall, had a dance off with a tropical bird and used their creativity and quick thinking skills to free caged animals that had been captured by poachers.

We are grateful for 3M, for not only providing creative exhibits for Global Finals participants, but for helping support the DI Challenge program each year. Thank you!

23 May

The NASA Instant Challenge Boot Camp on Thursday inspired Global Finals teams to explore outer space and science. Participants worked their way through seven Instant Challenges ranging from task to performance-based to hybrids. One Challenge—called Meteorite Shower—involved protecting an egg from falling from the sky.

“This is completely 100 percent for fun, so the camp is not judged,” said camp director Paige Curtis. “This is a place for them to try new Challenges where there’s no pressure. We hope they gain experience with ‘thinking-on-your-feet skills,’ which is something they should get out of the DI program.

Manuel Soto of the Flappy Chapines of Guatemala enjoyed the NASA Boot Camp. “I liked all the Challenges and that we used teamwork and didn’t fight,” Soto said. “It was fun working with other teams even though we didn’t know how to communicate.”

23 May
Secondary Level teams took the stage on Thursday to raise awareness and address real community needs in Pitch & Play, the Service Learning Challenge.
The presentations were entertaining and often humorous, and their props were colorful and creative. But the issues and needs they each dealt with made these Challenge performances even more impressive.
A team from Tennessee School for the Blind competed at Global Finals for the first time. For its outreach project, the TSB Tigers visited area schools and were interviewed by WKRN-TV (News Channel 2) in Nashville to raise awareness about correcting the stereotypes of blind people.
Team members performed a scene where a waitress did not know how to speak to a blind person and is quite rude, portraying the ignorance of many people. This is an issue that each team member has personally faced.
“There are a lot of stereotypes, and a lot of people can be very rude and hurtful,” said team member Alisha Whitehead. “Sometimes you get these people who look at you like you’re stupid and like you have cognitive issues even though you just have a sight problem.”
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