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Pequot Lakes teens compete in state Destination Imagination tournament

Aaron and Elise Sopelle of Pequot Lakes competed in the Minnesota State Destination Imagination Tournament in Champlin on Saturday, April 9, placing third in the scientific challenge entitled "In Plain Sight."...

Aaron and Elise Sopelle won the Destination Imagination third place medals. Submitted Photo
Aaron and Elise Sopelle won the Destination Imagination third place medals. Submitted Photo

Aaron and Elise Sopelle of Pequot Lakes competed in the Minnesota State Destination Imagination Tournament in Champlin on Saturday, April 9, placing third in the scientific challenge entitled "In Plain Sight."

They researched the many ways that camouflage is used by organisms in nature, then showcased camouflage research in the visible appearance of an organism by creating and presenting a story with a plot twist that is caused by the use of camouflage. They applied camouflage methods to an original, team-designed and -created set that featured the common snapping turtle in a northwoods swamp environment.

Camp Confidence Learning Center provided the classroom and materials for their team and will be the beneficiary of their script and set. Aaron and Elise have already performed the educational drama during a monthly Rendezvous at Camp Confidence and will perform it for more campers this spring.

Destination Imagination (DI) is a volunteer-led nonprofit organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Annually, it offers seven new standards-based challenges in STEM, improv, visual arts, service learning and early learning.

DI is a volunteer-run organization, so it depends heavily on the efforts and energy of its volunteers around the world. It receives support from 38,000 volunteers, who help run the programs in free spaces like classrooms, living rooms and auditoriums around the world.

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Through DI programs, students use the creative process to turn their ideas into reality and learn invaluable skills through the process, including creative and critical thinking, team building, problem solving, risk taking, project management, perseverance and self-confidence.

Pine River-Backus Community Education director Troy Gregory is the local contact for DI in this area.

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