Two teams of students from Nipomo and Arroyo Grande took top honors at the state Destination Imagination competition, which qualified them for the Global Finals international academic competition May 25 to 28 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Destination Imagination is a project-based system of learning that encourages teams to have fun, take risks, focus and frame challenges, while incorporating science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).
Sixth-grade team The Bananas consists of Sarah Beaudin, Lorena Carroll, Claire Devaney, and Felisa Racinez. They placed second in the middle school science category at the state competition. The team also earned a Renaissance Award for excellence in engineering, design and performance for their orchid mantis costume.
Sixth-and eighth-grade team The Waffle Warriors consists of Kimberly Beaudin, Shea Zenker, Claire Benson, Grace Devaney, Sarah Beaudin, Lorena Carroll and Claire Devaney. They also won a Renaissance Award for excellence in engineering of their prop made of newspaper.
Both teams are coached by Karen Beaudin and attend St. Patrick School in Arroyo Grande.
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