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Making the impossible

By Julie Matuszewski; photo courtesy of Mark Middlebrooks

Pictured right (left to right): Destination Imagination team Volta Science members Mila Imhof, Ewan Moore and Bryce Beckel use their team experience and creative and innovative problem solving skills to promote clean water awareness in conjunction with Lifewater International.

American Academy’s (AA) Destination Imagination (DI) team Volta Science competed and placed second in this year’s South Metro Regional Tournament service learning category. Team Volta Science explored challenges surrounding the lack of clean water in the countries of Eritrea and Ethiopia and worked to promote awareness alongside Lifewater International.

The DI experience is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters student creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic challenges in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, fine arts and service learning.

AA teacher and Volta Science team manager Mark Middlebrooks feels DI is an outstanding opportunity for young people to look at the world around them, recognize the complexity and diversity of challenges, and begin their career as the next generation, to formulate, test and persist in real-life solutions. Middlebrooks is assured that team Volta Science will not soon forget the difference between what appears to be an obvious solution to the water crisis, and the reality of how complex that problem has been to solve.



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