MMS Destination Imagination teams headed to state finals
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.
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