Tomorrow, we will wake up at five in the morning and begin the LONG drive down to Tennessee for the Destination Imagination Global Finals. Our bags are packed, our cds are burned, and the trailer, containing all the props the two teams have worked on for months, has been (laboriously) filled and hitched to the back of my Suburban. I am driving five of the fourteen kids involved (four of my own and a nephew) as well as my youngest son, who is coming to cheer on his older siblings
Today, some team members helped to decorate the car. This is a fun (and slightly messy) Destination Imagination tradition. The kids made sure to include their team names, the state they will be representing (they will compete with teams from all over the country and the world) and their names.
Connecticut is traditionally a very small group at the Global Finals. Whereas states such as Texas or countries such as South Korea can send from 200-400 teams, this year only 4 teams will represent our humble state. They are all homeschooled. This is because news of this amazing competition has spread through the homeschooled community in Connecticut, not because the competition typically attracts homeschoolers; globally, homeschooled groups make up a minute portion of the teams competing, which are generally school sanctioned. The teams representing Connecticut are:
Team I.C.E. (competing at the high school level in the fine arts and improvisational Challenges) (thats us)
SolarNauts (competing at the elementary school level in the science Challenge) (thats us too)
VisionQuest (competing at the middle school level in the fine arts Challenge)
Crazed Carrots (competing at the elementary school level in the community outreach Challenge)
We wish all teams the best of luck.
As for us, we’re ready to start our journey.