On May 24, 2017, a group of Seattle Country Day School (SCDS) 4th graders who call themselves, The Radioactive Lightbulbs, joined Destination Imagination (DI) teams from over 15 countries in Knoxville, Tennessee for the annual prestigious DI Globals Tournament. The team took 2nd place out of 62 national and international teams in their category (Scientific).The team consists of Alaire Dandel, AJ Hwangbo, Esme Lichong, Mian Oliver, Finn Swanson, Zoe Weingeist, and Kimberly Yeung.
In the Scientific Category, teams had to present a solution that told a story about a secret mission, applying methods from cryptography and stenography to reveal secret messages. This team of students worked diligently, learning how to build camaraderie and have fun in an intense environment for nine months
"The value in doing DI is not really in learning the subject matter related to a particular challenge. It's in the real-world application of that subject matter to solve a tangible problem," current parent and DI Coach Winston Yeung said. "It's in developing the teamwork skills needed to work with others, and the confidence to be able to trust one another. It's in learning how to break down components of a problem, and to use creativity and collaboration to come up with potential solutions."
The only remaining question is: What is next for the Radioactive Lightbulbs?More information on their road to DI Globals can be accessed here and a multimedia overview of the team's Globals experience can be enjoyed here, courtesy of the team's coach Winston Yeung.