BERLIN — According to leading government, business and academic thinkers, the new basic skills of the 21st century workforce are creativity, innovation, teamwork, the ability to manage change, and communication.
Thanks to their participation in Destination Imagination, students at Berlin High School and Edward Fenn Elementary School in Gorham showed their mastery of those skills by advancing from the New Hampshire tournaments to compete at Destination Imagination’s Global Tournament held in May at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. But support from the community was needed to cover the costs associated with competing at the prestigious global event.
“We were so proud to be able to support these two local teams who had to raise $3,000 each in order to attend the tournament in Knoxville. Their success shows that our schools are preparing our children to have the skills they need to succeed as they continue their education and when they enter the workforce. In addition to the check each team received, the students who came to the office received coupons for free ice cream cones from Northland Dairy — which they clearly appreciated," said Susan Solar of Badger Realty North.
Destination Imagination begins at the local level when elementary, middle and high school students form teams of up to seven members. Each team selects one of seven mind-bending challenges created by Destination Imagination volunteers. With the guidance of a teacher or parent as team manager, each team creates an action plan and works together for weeks or months to develop and create a solution to the Challenge’s proposed problem. The team manager for the Berlin High School was Amy Welch, while Shannon Wydra served in that capacity for Edward Fenn.
“I hope we’ll have the opportunity to support local teams again next year,” added Solar. “It’s so exciting to have local students competing on an international level.”
Badger Realty North is located at 180 Main Street in Berlin. For more information, call (603) 752-6000 or visit www.BadgerRealtyNorth.com.