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Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 12:11 PM
Updated: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 12:11 PM
Fifteen teams from local schools have advanced to the global finals of the Destination Imagination team challenge, a competition where students research, design and execute a solution to a problem.
All but one of the 15 local teams advancing are from Dayton’s south suburbs — four from Centerville schools, three each from Miamisburg and Oakwood, two from Springboro, and one each from Kettering, Incarnation Catholic School, and Tri-Village in Darke County.
Those 15 teams first had to advance out of a regional tournament, then finished in the top three in the statewide Destination Imagination (DI) competition earlier this month. Cinda Weisgerber, Ohio affiliate director for DI, said Ohio had over 700 teams compete this year, split between elementary, middle and high school levels.
The local students will join about 8,000 others from at least 15 countries to compete at the global finals May 24-27 at the University of Tennessee.
“We are so proud of all of the teams and the hard work and creativity they displayed,” said Miamisburg schools gifted coordinator Haley Moore. “Miamisburg Destination Imagination has had an amazing season so far.”
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The national DI organization releases challenge topics in seven categories — engineering, technical, scientific, fine arts, improvisational, service learning, and the early learning challenge. Student teams generally spend a few months working on their projects under parent and teacher managers before presenting them at tournaments.
The technical challenge called for teams to design and build a stage that can move performers, then present a show featuring an opening act and a headliner, with special effects. The improvisational challenge had teams create three improvisational skits from a single story prompt, presenting each one in a different performance genre with a different stock character and props in each skit.
Five local teams came in first place in their categories and age levels at the state tournament — Springboro Junior High and Miamisburg High School in the scientific challenge, Incarnation Elementary in the fine arts challenge, Miamisburg Middle School in the improvisational challenge, and a Centerville middle school team in the service learning challenge.
A team from Southdale Elementary is Kettering’s first-ever team to reach the global level. Their service learning challenge combined work done earlier — a schoolwide food drive that collected 2,883 items and $157 for a Kettering food pantry — with a fable-style skit about hunger’s impact on the community.
School winners by grade level
Centerville, middle – 2
Centerville, secondary – 2
Miamisburg, middle – 2
Miamisburg, secondary – 1
Oakwood, elementary – 1
Oakwood, middle – 1
Oakwood, secondary – 1
Springboro, elementary – 1 (Five Points)
Springboro, middle – 1
Kettering, elementary – 1 (Southdale)
Tri-Village, secondary – 1
Incarnation, elementary — 1
Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 5:37 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 9:18 AM
— WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR BUTLER COUNTY UNTIL 2 A.M. SUNDAY
We will be starting out in the 20s and will be mostly cloudy, according to Storm Center 7 meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Passing showers move in during the day mixing with snow and possibly some rain in the afternoon. The best chance for this is south of I-70. Snow totals will be limited and most of the Miami Valley won’t see any stick. Butler County is under a Winter Weather Advisory with possible snowfalls reaching 1 inch to 3 inches. The Dayton area might see a dusting on grassy surfaces. North of Dayton will have a pretty quite Saturday. It looks like the Miami Valley dodges the heaviest bands of snow which will stay south. Temperatures climb to around 40. Clouds decrease tonight and we drop to the mid 20s.
Sunday: It will be a beautiful end to the weekend. We will see highs in the mid to upper 40s. Dry and sunny!
Monday: We see a nice start to the new week with temperatures close to normal with highs in the low to mid 50s. Clouds increase in the evening.
Tuesday: Scattered rain showers will develop with highs in the upper 50s feeling mild and breezy.
Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 9:16 AM
— A space enthusiast from Texas believes photographs taken by a NASA rover reveal an “alien skeleton” on Mars, KTRK reported.
A person from Waxahachie said a group of what looks like rocks is actually the skull and spine of a possible Martian.
The person filed a report with the Mutual UFO Network, which investigates UFO sightings in the United States and beyond, KTRK reported.
According to the report, the alleged skeleton was photographed by the Opportunity rover on Feb. 1 in Perseverance Valley on the west rim of Mars' Endeavour Crater.
The person who submitted the report to the UFO Network said a 3-D image revealed the bone detail of a spine, KTRK reported.
Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 9:07 AM
— Marches and rallies are being held in the U.S. and around the world Saturday as part of the March for Our Lives event. The student-led movement is addressing the issues of gun violence and gun control, prompted by a series of deadly mass shooting in the U.S.
The movement was sparked by student survivors of the Parkland High School mass shooting in Florida on Feb. 14, in which former student Nikolas Cruz, 19, killed 17 people and injured dozens.
Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 6:03 AM
WASHINGTON TWP. — Crews responded to reports that a red Chevy Trail Blazer flipped on its top in Washington Twp. Saturday morning.
The single vehicle flipped at the cross of Hempstead Meadows and West Alex Bell Road around 5 a.m.
Medics were on scene but no one was taken to the hospital.