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Students inspired during innovative education tournament

Published Wednesday 16th of March 2016 03:38:25 PM

Over 70 students from across the UK and Germany gathered at ACS Hillingdon International School to learn about science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), fine arts, and service learning during an interactive education tournament run by Destination Imagination United Kingdom (diuk.org). Eleven teams of students, aged between 11 and 18, each competed in one of five different categories, technical, scientific, fine arts, improvisational and structural, all designed to develop team working, individual thinking, creativity and design skills. ACS Hillingdon’s team of seven students, named ‘The My-Tea Crumpets’ spent the weeks before the tournament practicing their acting and communication skills to prepare for their improvisational challenge, which tested their spontaneity and storytelling. In addition to demonstrating their cryptography, mechanical and research abilities the teams were also challenged to think on their feet with an instant challenge. Jeff Kaiser, Middle School teacher and ‘The My-Tea Crumpets’ co-leader, commented: “It was great to see all the students work together to accomplish the goals they were set and to see how supportive all the teams were of each other. Hearing how much the team enjoyed their challenge was a big highlight, one member even said, "The audience was really laughing and not just the polite fake laughing." “The tournament has been a fantastic opportunity for the students to learn more about how they can use their skills outside the classroom in STEM related careers.” The winning teams from the tournament received a pass to compete in the Destination Imagination Global Finals 2016, where last year’s teams met former astronaut, Buzz Aldrin.
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