Badger students compete in DI

KNSMAN – Twenty-two students on four teams from the Joseph Badger School District competed recently at the Destination Imagination Region 1 Tournament at Youngstown State University.

Team advisers said while three of the teams were awarded second place honor, one team, having earned first place in the Scientific Challenge “Going to Extremes,” will now advance to the state finals in Reynoldsburg on April 26.

Robin Clower Timko, team leader, said DI is a project-based educational program where student teams solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. Focusing on 21st century skills, science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM), and leadership skills, each team, for five months or more, works outside the school day in preparation for the regional tournament.

She said the first place team with leaders including herself, Jaison Armstrong, and Barbara Matejka will compete with schools throughout Ohio with the hope of qualifying for Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn., in May.

Timko said Badger Schools has participated in the program dating back to 1995 when it was called Odyssey of the Mind.

She said throughout the years, teams have earned top honors in both regional and state levels giving them the opportunity to compete at Globals with teams from all over the world.