MMS Des­ti­na­tion Imag­i­na­tion teams headed to state fi­nals

Record Observer - - SCHOOL - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@ches­pub.com

STEVENSVILLE — Three stu­dent teams from Mat­a­peake Mid­dle School have qual­i­fied for the state com­pe­ti­tion, Des­ti­na­tion Imag­i­na­tion Mary­land State tour­na­ment to be held at the Univer­sity of Mary­land Bal­ti­more County on April 1, af­ter plac­ing in the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion on March 4. Des­ti­na­tion Imag­i­na­tion (DI) is a prob­lem solv­ing com­pe­ti­tion cen­tered around STEM — science, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing, and math con­cepts.

Lu­cia Cal­loway, the arts and STEAM teacher for Mat­a­peake Mid­dle School, said she is in­cred­i­bly pleased to see her stu­dents pro­ceed­ing to the state tour­na­ment. The three teams from MMS are made up of stu­dents in sixth to eighth grades and man­aged by par­ent vol­un­teers. The DI teams be­gan meet­ing in Septem­ber, said Cal­loway, gath­er­ing to­gether on av­er­age twice a week. Stu­dents must have taken one year of STEM classes to par­tic­i­pate.

MMS is unique in that it of­fers an arts com­po­nent, hence the name STEAM. Stu­dents in STEAM classes have had the op­por­tu­nity to learn about building bridges from en­gi­neers who have worked on the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Bridge and were chal­lenged to cre­ate a cus­tom piece af­ter learn­ing about gui­tars and fur­ni­ture mak­ing from PRS Gui­tars.

At the com­pe­ti­tion, the stu­dents will show the judges one chal­lenge or project that they have com­pleted prior to the com­pe­ti­tion and par­tic­i­pate in an in­stant chal­lenge where they have to work to­gether and think on their feet, Cal­loway said.

The three teams com­peted in the regionals held in Sal­is­bury Satur­day, March 4, and took home two first- and one third-place tro­phies.

The Poofy Pumper­nickel Flap­jacks team mem­bers are: Jor­dan Hunter, McClain Mo­gel, Caleb Brad­field and Colin Bas­tian.

The STEAM team is made up of Ella Hof­mann, Alice Davis, Casey Gessert, Me­gan Frere, John Lu­cas, Lu­cas Het­zel and Grayson Kelley.

The DI Joes team con­sists of Chase O’Mal­ley, Grace Hines, El­iz­a­beth Coli­gan, Ben Berry, Alex Viardo, Emilio Monzeglio and Evan Tam­buro.

Casey Gessert, one of the STEAM mem­bers, said, “It was fun to watch the other teams com­pete!”

The Poofy Pumper­nickel Flap­jacks team com­pleted a ser vice learn­ing project — that they will present at states —where they gath­ered re­cy­clables to make sev­eral sculp­tures in­clud­ing a knight in ar­mor and dragon as tools to present re­cy­cling aware­ness. The team took their project to Mat­a­peake El­e­men­tary to teach younger stu­dents about the im­por­tance of re­cy­cling.

Last year, MMS had one team qual­ify and com­pete in the na­tion­als, called Glob­als, at the Univer­sity of Ten­nessee. Cal­loway is hope­ful this year’s teams will qual­ify and earn the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete again in May.

PHOTOS COUR­TESY OF LU­CIA CAL­LOWAY

Stu­dents from Mat­a­peake Mid­dle School com­pete at the re­gional Des­ti­na­tion Imag­i­na­tion com­pe­ti­tion on March 4 in Sal­is­bury, MD. The Poofy Pumper­nickel Flap­jacks team mem­bers are: Jor­dan Hunter, McClain Mo­gel, Caleb Brad­field and Colin Bas­tian.The STEAM Team mem­bers: Ella Hof­mann, Alice Davis, Casey Gessert, Me­gan Frere, John Lu­cas, Lu­cas Het­zel and Grayson Kelley. DI Joes mem­bers: Chase O’Mal­ley, Grace Hines, El­iz­a­beth Coli­gan, Ben Berry, Alex Viardo, Emilio Monzeglio and Evan Tam­buro.

Team the Poofy Pumper­nickel Flap­jacks give a ser­vice learn­ing pre­sen­ta­tion on the im­por­tance of re­cy­cling to stu­dents at Mat­a­peake El­e­men­tary.

DR. THEO L. CRAMER

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