Destination Imagination finals kick off in Knoxville

Destination Imagination finals kick off in Knoxville

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Thousands of students from around the world are in Knoxville to kick off the Destination Imagination Global Finals. Thousands of students from around the world are in Knoxville to kick off the Destination Imagination Global Finals.
It's the 12th year in a row the competition has called Knoxville home. It draws people from all over the world for one reason, to get creative. It's the 12th year in a row the competition has called Knoxville home. It draws people from all over the world for one reason, to get creative.
By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Thousands of students from around the world are in Knoxville to kick off the Destination Imagination Global Finals.

It's the 12th year in a row the competition has called Knoxville home. It draws people from all over the world for one reason, to get creative.

"I have tried things that I normally wouldn't have and it affects me both here and at home," said Caroline Wirres, a competitor from Minnesota.

Caroline Wirres is just one of the thousands of students taking part in this year's event. Competitors come from 42 states and 16 countries qualified at various local levels to make it this far.

"The program started by a number of educators that wanted students to be prepared for the 21st century for the jobs that aren't even invented yet," said CEO Dr. Chuck Cadle. "So we teach kids how to think not just what to think."

One way they do that is by creating six different challenges for the students to complete .

"One is in visual arts," said Cadle. "One is in improvisation and one is in service learning where the kids look for a community need to solve and they work together as a team to come up for a solution to that problem."

Everyone from NASA to National Geographic pitch in to help make the event a success.  

The kids themselves say the event is much more than just an education experience.

"I've always been better at working by myself, but when I got the chance to join a team I learned how much fun it is to actually have people to work with," said Emily Pratt.

"I'm not normally a very social person, but when I come here and meet all these fantastic people I get to really come out of my shell and talk to new people," added Claire Tweedt.

The event runs through Saturday. For more information click here.

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