The Ninja Dragons of Pink, Sparkly Doom, with their combined MMS/EMS team, earned third place at the Virginia Destination Imagination state tournament on April 9, 2016. They have advanced to Global Finals in May to be held in Tennessee! They were also the recipients of the prestigious Renaissance Award. This award is not given out at every tournament; it is given only when the appraisers see something that impresses them far above and beyond the normal challenge solutions.
The appraisers’ reasons for awarding the team this award included the students’ use of digital editing software, MaKey/MaKey, Scratch coding, and a ChromaKey green screen to achieve all of the technical aspects incorporated in their solution. No other team at the tournament used any of these tools. The appraisers and many teachers and students from other districts were unaware of this technology and were extremely impressed that 6th and 7th graders could use it all independently. A vast amount of technology is integrated into our students’ classrooms and along with both ITRT and teacher support, they have developed their ability to use this knowledge independently and creatively, and earned themselves a very special award for their efforts.