Destination Imagination Global Finals Draws Record 1,470 Student Teams to Downtown Knoxville

“To keep a child interested in a creative learning program that emphasizes those elements for over five years and several stages of life is a great testimony to Destination Imagination…,” said Tracy Magee, Ford STEAM Experience Brand Manager.

The 17th annual Global Finals, hosted by Destination Imagination (DI) ended Saturday with teams from 17 countries across the globe – including Australia, Canada, China, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United States – celebrating creativity through a series of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), improvisational and service learning challenges. Students from Texas, China, Colorado, Poland and others earned the first place trophy in their respective categories.

Overcast skies and rainy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the more than 17,000 participants and visitors at the tournament, which took place in Knoxville, Tennessee. Students worked diligently from Wednesday, May 24 until Saturday, May 27 as they polished up their innovative solutions designed around five pillars of celebration, collaboration, cultural exchange, individual decisions and personal growth.

“Every year at Global Finals, we get the opportunity to better prepare students to operate in tomorrow’s entrepreneurial environment and fast-changing 21st century with out of the box, creative thinking,” said Stephan Turnipseed, executive vice president and chief program officer for Destination Imagination. “Preparing children for a future that cannot be described requires seeing that spark of greatness that lies within each student and fanning it into a flame that can never be extinguished.”

In addition to the international tournament, thousands of attendees filled the Knoxville Convention Center to enjoy an…

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